Fire leaves two Sun City Huntley houses uninhabitable
Two homes in Del Webb's Sun City Huntley retirement community were left uninhabitable by a Sunday afternoon fire that appeared to have started in a garage, fire officials said.
A single-family house on the 14000 block of Saffron Trail was engulfed in flames by the time crews from the Huntley Fire Protection District arrived at 2:14 p.m., Deputy Chief Al Schlick said. "The wind today was incredibly strong, and it pushed the fire across the house pretty rapidly," he said.
Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to one neighboring house, which had a broken window from the heat, Schlick said. But because the blaze was "so intense where it started," he said, the adjacent house in the opposite direction of the wind also caught fire.
The home where the fire originated is destroyed, and the other house is uninhabitable, Schlick said. A damage estimate was not immediately available.
One resident was evaluated for smoke inhalation and released at the scene, he said. No other injuries were reported.
The fire appears to be accidental, Schlick said. An investigation is ongoing.