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KANKAKEE — Two people were able to escape a house fire in the 600 block of South Chicago Avenue early Sunday morning.

Kankakee Fire Chief Damon Schuldt said the pair were alerted to the fire by a smoke detector at 1:30 a.m.

“I want to stress the importance of working smoke detectors as I believe the detectors certainly allowed the occupants to escape,” Schuldt said.

There was extensive damage to the interior rear portion and second floor of the house, Schudt said. Damage is estimated at $70,000.

The cause remains under investigation, however, at this point no arson is suspected, Schuldt said.

The couple was assisted by the American Red Cross.

— Daily Journal staff report

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