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Firefighters battle three-alarm fire Saturday

DIXON – Residents and firefighters escaped injury at a three-alarm fire that broke out just north of Dixon early Saturday morning.

The initial fire call to 1931 Hidden Shores Drive came in at 5:54 a.m., and several area fire departments were called to assist the Dixon Rural Fire Department, Capt. Nancy Mercer said.

The fire department did not release the names of the residents.

Firefighters were on the scene from the Dixon City, Franklin Grove, Sterling, Rock Falls, Polo, Amboy, and Ashton fire departments.

The last vehicle left the fire scene at 11:36 a.m. Saturday.

Several people were in the home when the fire started, because a slumber party was held there Friday night, Mercer said. Adults were there at the time of the fire.

"I don't know exactly how many people were in the home at the time, but the family assured us that everyone was out safely," Mercer said. "Everyone did what they were supposed to do – they got out quickly and stayed out."

The roof collapsed, and there was considerable smoke and water damage to the home, forcing the family to leave.

The state fire marshal will examine the scene today. The cause has not yet been officially determined, but it was not related to the slumber party, Mercer said.

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