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Fireworks likely caused a fire in Deerfield that destroyed a home in Wadsworth, Illinois, an hour earlier: Lake County Sheriff’s Office

Fireworks likely caused a fire in Deerfield that destroyed a home in Wadsworth, Illinois, an hour earlier: Lake County Sheriff’s Office

Fireworks likely caused a fire in Deerfield that destroyed a home in Wadsworth, Illinois, an hour earlier: Lake County Sheriff’s Office

WADSWORTH, Ill. (WLS) — Two fires likely caused by fireworks destroyed one home and left another severely damaged in the northern suburbs early Friday, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office in Illinois said.

Officers responded to the first fire around 12:50 a.m. in Wadsworth.

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Three people who were in the home in the 37700 block of Charlotte Drive, along with their pets, managed to escape before the flames engulfed the building. Firefighters battled the blaze for several hours, but the home was completely destroyed.

Less than an hour later, at approximately 1:45 p.m., deputies and several local fire agencies responded to another fire in the unincorporated area of ​​Deerfield.

First responders arrived to find the roof of a townhouse on fire in the 300 block of Goshawk Lane.

Several residents had been evacuated from the townhouse before the flames engulfed it. The townhouse was severely damaged.

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Prior to both fires, people had set off explosive fireworks nearby in the early afternoon. No one was injured in the fires.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office issued a reminder Friday morning, saying that most fireworks in Illinois are not legal and asking residents to leave fireworks to professionals who have obtained the necessary permits and had their safety plans approved.

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