No injuries or displacement after garage fire in Flagg Center

About $10,000 in damage resulted from a garage fire at a home in the Flagg Center area on Monday afternoon, Rochelle Fire Department Chief Dave Sawlsville said. There were no injuries and the homeowner will not be displaced.

ROCHELLE — About $10,000 in damage resulted from a garage fire at a home in the Flagg Center area on Monday afternoon, Rochelle Fire Department Chief Dave Sawlsville said. There were no injuries and the homeowner will not be displaced.

The Rochelle Fire Department and all Ogle-Lee Fire Protection District Departments (Steward, Hillcrest, Flagg Center and Creston) responded just after 2 p.m. to the fire at 11169 E. Oak Court. 

Sawlsville said the homeowner arrived home and her garage door opener wouldn’t work. She went inside and smelled smoke from what was a fire that started in the attached garage.

Fire department personnel took a hose in through the front door because the garage door wouldn’t open. 

“There wasn’t anyone home, so we didn’t have to worry about getting people out,” Sawlsville said. “It would’ve been a different story if she hadn’t come home at that time or had even gotten home 15-20 minutes later. The fire would’ve gotten to the attic and spread from there.”

Firefighters eventually had to cut through the garage door to work in the area. 

“We’re still investigating the cause of the fire,” Sawlsville said. “It seemed like it started in the back left corner of the garage. We were probably on-scene for an hour. We had to sift through everything in the garage to make sure the fire was out.”

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