Updated: Morning Fire Guts Marco Polo Court Home

Marco Polo fire

Flames tear through the roof of a Marco Polo Court home on Sept 19.
Photo: Franklin Township Police Department.

Update: Township fire officials cannot state a cause for the fire, but say that it is not suspicious, according to township police Sgt. Philip Rizzo.

Rizzo said that it is possible a lit candle was left unattended, but, he said, the homeowner believes that they were all extinguished before they left.

Original Story: Township fire officials are investigating a Sept. 19 blaze that left a Marco Polo Court home uninhabitable.

Township police were notified of the fire at about 10:49 a.m., according to a press release from police.

Upon arrival, officers saw heavy black smoke coming from the second floor of the home, according to the release. Police could also see flames through he home’s rear windows.

The home’s occupants evacuated safely, although one complained of feeling ill, police said. The person was evaluated by the Kendall Park First Aid Squad, but refused transport to the hospital, police said.

Township firefighters battled the blaze while residents on either side of the home were evacuated for safety, police said. The heat was so intense that vinyl siding on the homes melted.

Township fire officials deemed the home uninhabitable, police said. The residents are staying with family in the area.

There was no immediate word on the fire’s cause.

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