DELAVAN

Two dogs died in a fire in a two-unit Delavan house Saturday morning, but the building’s two occupants were not hurt, Police and Fire Chief Tim O’Neill confirmed Monday.

A passerby heard smoke alarms sounding and called 911 at 4:17 a.m. Saturday to report the fire at 204 S. Fourth St., he said.

The house sustained “substantial damage throughout,” O’Neill said. He said the insurance company is still working on a damage estimate.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and O’Neill said authorities have not yet ruled out a suspicious origin.

About 40 firefighters from the city of Delavan, town of Delavan and Darien fire departments responded. Firefighters were on the scene until 11:45 a.m. Saturday, O’Neill said.

One person lived in the lower unit and one in the upper unit, and both are displaced. O’Neill said police officers were first to the scene and made sure both occupants got out.

O’Neill said the dogs lived in the upper unit.

Five 911 calls came in about the fire, including one from the house, he said.

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