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Hoffman Estates officer praised for efforts at Streamwood house fire
By Eric Peterson | Daily Herald staff report

Firefighters from multiple department work on a garage fire in the 1800 block of Williamsburg Drive in Streamwood.

 

By Mark Black | Staff Photographer

Firefighters from multiple department work on a garage fire in the 1800 block of Williamsburg Drive in Streamwood.

 

By Mark Black | Staff PhotographerBy Mark Black | Staff Photographer

Firefighters from multiple department work on a garage fire in the 1800 block of Williamsburg Drive in Streamwood.

 

By Mark Black | Staff Photographer

Firefighters from multiple department work on a garage fire in the 1800 block of Williamsburg Drive in Streamwood.

 

By Mark Black | Staff Photographer

Firefighters from multiple department work on a garage fire in the 1800 block of Williamsburg Drive in Streamwood.

 

By Mark Black | Staff Photographer

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Published: 9/23/2010 12:03 PM | Updated: 9/23/2010 3:13 PM

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A Hoffman Estates police sergeant is being praised for his role in helping evacuate a woman from a Streamwood house fire late Thursday morning.

Sgt. Joseph Dornbos was on duty when the fire first was reported about 11:23 a.m. and followed the smoke to its source, Streamwood Deputy Police Chief Jim Keegan said.

The one-story house on the 1800 block of Williamsburg Drive is in an area where Streamwood, Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates closely converge. Keegan described Dornbos' actions as heroic and above the call of duty.

"We always enjoy when agencies like that work together," Keegan said.

Streamwood Fire Chief Norm Malcolm said the 60-year-old woman, who could not walk on her own, was just being removed from the house when fire crews arrived. There were two other male family members on the scene who'd already gotten out of the house, he said.

The woman was transported to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, where she was treated and released. However, one of the male family members remained hospitalized there late Thursday afternoon.

A Streamwood firefighter also was treated and released at St. Alexius.

It was the attached garage of the home that appeared to be most fully involved when firefighters arrived, Malcolm said. There was one vehicle still in the garage and another in the driveway just outside.

Both vehicles appeared to have sustained heavy damage in the fire, Keegan said.

The origin and cause of the fire remain under investigation, but Malcolm said the garage is probably the best place to look first.

The fire appeared to travel through the ceiling and all the way up to the home's attic area, Malcolm said. Damage is estimated at $100,000.

Seven other departments assisted Streamwood in fighting the fire, while two more took over coverage of the village's fire stations during the incident.