Excerpts from Chicago.cbslocal.com:

Two dogs were killed and seven people left homeless after flames destroyed a two unit house in the 500 block of McAlister Avenue in Waukegan overnight Wednesday.

Firefighters arrived to find fast-spreading flames that took hours to put out. Two firefighters received minor injuries.

The people who were living in the home are being assisted by the Red Cross.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

house fire in Waukegan

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