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Fire damages century-old Joliet house

JOLIET – Fire caused heavy damage to a vacant house Tuesday on Hickory Street.

Joliet Deputy Fire Chief Ray Randich said firefighters were called about 11 a.m. to 311 N. Hickory St. He said the blue two-story home was unoccupied and no one was injured by the blaze, which filled the street with smoke.

"It was a box alarm fire that brought a larger response. With the strong winds, we had some concern the whole house would go up quickly," Randich said.

Firefighters used hydrants and firetrucks to spray the building and the fire was considered under control by 2:30 p.m., according to Joliet Battalion Chief Ron Schroeder.

Investigators were called to the scene Tuesday afternoon to determine the cause. Schroeder said the damage is "extensive," but the city building inspector determined the structure did not need to be demolished immediately.

According to Herald-News files, the home was built more than 100 years ago for Perry J. Hobbs, a fire insurance adjuster.

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