Townhome Collapses in Fire Sparked by Car Crash

Driver of vehicle being treated for hypothermia after being found in a nearby pond

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    Two townhomes in a Lake County subdivision were deemed uninhabitable after a massive fire sparked when an out-of-control vehicle crashed into the building. (Published Friday, Oct 25, 2013)

    Two townhomes in a Lake County subdivision were deemed uninhabitable after a massive fire sparked when an out-of-control vehicle crashed into the building.

    One of the townhomes, on the 400 block of Patriot Drive, in Hainesville, completely collapsed in the fire.

    Townhome Collapses in Fire Sparked by Car Crash

    [CHI] Townhome Collapses in Fire Sparked by Car Crash
    Authorities say the family who lives in the home had just minutes to get out. Regina Waldroup reports. (Published Friday, Oct 25, 2013)

    Authorities initially called a "code black," indicating a fatality, but that was later removed. The driver of the car ran from police and was later found in a nearby pond.

    The man, who police called a "person of interest," was transported to a hospital and was being treated for hypothermia.

    Raw: Car Crashes Into House, Sparks Fire

    [CHI] Raw: Car Crashes Into House, Sparks Fire
    The fire, on the 400 block of Patriot Drive, in Hanesville, caused a complete collapse of the two-story townhome. (Published Friday, Oct 25, 2013)

    The people inside the home were able to escape without injury. Police said they believe the fire started because the vehicle sheered off the top of a gas main.

    Officials said the vehicle that crashed into the building was not stolen but was registered to a woman who lives in Kenosha, Wis.

    No charges were filed in the case as of 10:30 a.m.
     


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