Family loses home to early morning fire in McHenry

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A home in McHenry was engulfed in flames on Wednesday. The family lost the home and almost everything inside. However, no one was home and there were no injuries. (Courtesy Ost family)

A McHenry couple has lost their home after a fire destroyed the house in McHenry on Wednesday.

Ashley Ost Neely said her father was out of town and her mother left for work before 5 a.m. Wednesday.

McHenry Fire Chief Tommy Muffler, who lives nearby, saw the smoke and went to investigate. He saw the house engulfed in flames and called 911. The call came in about 6 a.m.

Wiggins Fire, McHenry and Big Level all responded to the home off West McHenry Road. Wiggins Fire Chief Jody Hatten said they firefighters used water from a pond on the property to fight the fire, but the house that was home to the family for 15 years was lost.

Hatten said the family was able to salvage a few pictures and some other items, but most of the belongings were either burned, melted or water damaged beyond salvage.

The fire is under investigation, but Hatten said it may have started with an appliance in the kitchen.

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A home in McHenry was engulfed in flames on Wednesday. The family lost the home and almost everything inside. However, no one was home and there were no injuries. (Courtesy Ost family)

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A home in McHenry was engulfed in flames on Wednesday. The family lost the home and almost everything inside. However, no one was home and there were no injuries. (Courtesy Ost family)

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A home in McHenry was engulfed in flames on Wednesday. The family lost the home and almost everything inside. However, no one was home and there were no injuries. (Courtesy Ost family)

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