Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

An off-duty Geneva firefighter helped three neighbors escape unharmed early Sunday after fire swept through their St. Charles home, causing an estimated $100,000 in damage.

St. Charles firefighters were called to a home on the 1000 block of Ronzheimer Avenue about 2:18 a.m. Sunday. They arrived about five minutes later to find one house fully engulfed in flames that was extending to a neighboring home.

Firefighters were able to first stop the spread of the fire into the second home and then get the main fire under control within 40 minutes.

 Officials said a neighbor returning home from work early Sunday first spotted the fire and called 911, while her husband, the off-duty firefighter, woke up the residents. No residents or firefighters were injured, officials said, but the off-duty firefighter suffered a minor injury.