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Mother, two children escape fire that guts Lake Dalecarlia home

Firefighters say fire thstarted laundry room gutted this home 6300 block Henry Street southern Lake County Monday morning. |

Firefighters say a fire that started in the laundry room gutted this home in the 6300 block of Henry Street in southern Lake County Monday morning. | Carrie Napoleon/For the Post-Tribune

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Updated: January 21, 2014 7:39AM



LAKE DALECARLIA — A woman and her two young children escaped a fire that gutted their Lake Dalecarlia home Monday.

Elizabeth Dykshorn said she had placed a load of laundry in the dryer and was going about her business in the home when she heard the smoke detector. Dykshorn, who has a bad cold, said she could not smell anything, but when she went to the laundry room to investigate the room was in flames.

“I hurried and grabbed my kids and got out,” she said. Neither she, nor her daughter Addylee, 5, or son Mark, 1, was injured in the blaze that gutted the ranch home. Her husband Joshua was at work when the fire started.

“It was very scary,” she said, adding she was surprised by how quickly the flames spread.

Chuck McBain, assistant fire chief for the Lake Dale Volunteer Fire Department, said the call came in around 10:30 a.m. When he arrived on the scene the fire was through the roof and the back of the house. The volunteer department was shorthanded and received assistance from Crown Point Fire Rescue, the Lowell Volunteer Fire Department and Cedar Lake Fire Department as well as fire departments from Beecher and Crete, Ill.

McBain said the cause of the blaze is under investigation but it appears to have started in the laundry room, which was in a central portion of the home.

“It’s probably a total loss,” he said.

This is the second house fire in Lake Dale in as many days. Saturday at about 2 a.m. firefighters responded to a blaze at a home in the 200 block of Main Street. The home was unoccupied at the time and was fully engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived. That fire also was a total loss.

Dykshorn said the home was insured and she is thankful no one was injured.

“I’m sort of still in shock I guess,” Dykshorn said as she watched firefighters douse the remaining hotspots and drag burnt wooden boards from the home. The couple has lived in the home in the quaint neighborhood for nine years.

“My husband and I started out in this house,” she said. “It’s heartbreaking.”



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