One dead in Spring Grove house fire early Thursday morning

A man died when his Spring Grove home caught fire early Thursday morning, authorities said.

The man, who has not yet been identified, was the only resident of a house in the 900 block of Main Street.

Fire crews arrived at 2:46 a.m. and found flames coming through the roof of the two-story home, Fox Lake Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Larry Van Hoorelbeke said.

Hoorelbeke said firefighters were unable to enter the building because it was too dangerous. Crews were on the scene until about 10:30 a.m. Thursday, and the house was a total loss.

Although the house was later discovered to be within the boundaries of the Fox Lake Fire District, the Spring Grove Fire Protection District responded to the fire.

Due to the size of the blaze and the fact that the rural location necessitated bringing in water from elsewhere, more than 25 other departments participated in efforts to extinguish the blaze, according to a news release.