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Crews battled a house fire on Big Island for hours before getting the upper hand late Sunday night.

The call came in around 9:30 p.m., Sunday, June 22, 2014.

Chief Jerry Mader of the Blackhawk Fire Protection District says there were two people in the Milan, Ill. home at the time and both made it out safely.

He says three sides of the house were totally engulfed in flames by the time first responders arrived.

Crews were still fighting flames and heavy smoke hours later.

The chief says it was a difficult fire to fight.

There was a problem getting water to the location and the house has a lot of old wood, which made the flames a little more difficult to put out.

Through all the hard work, Mader says firefighters made sure to take care of themselves and keep cool.

"Yeah, it's hard to stay cool especially the men who are wearing the gear and going into the fire. It's hard to stay cool so water's very important to keep hydrated here."

Chief mader says investigators are returning to the house Monday morning to investigate.

There is no official word on a cause at this time, but officials say the call did first come in as a garage fire.

Fire departments from Coyne Center, Coal Valley, Andalusia and Colona, Ill. also helped fight the fire.

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