KANKAKEE, Ill. – Two firefighters were injured in a home fire that caused an estimated $95,000 in damage on South Wildwood Avenue on Monday afternoon.
Kankakee Fire Department officials arrived on the scene just after 12:30 pm to find heavy fire coming from the rear of the building, which had extended into both the first and second floors.
It took about 20 minutes for firefighters to contain the blaze, but two firefighters suffered minor injuries in the process. The cause of the fire has not been determined, and the state fire Marshall’s arson dog has been called in to assist with the investigation.
According to authorities, a family that had been living in the home had been evicted days earlier, and the home was vacant at the time of the fire. No one was inside the home when the fire broke out.
Residents in the area were urged to avoid the scene as officials worked to investigate and clear the area.