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Lovejoy fire leaves family of 7 homeless

A family of seven was left homeless early this morning in a two-alarm blaze in Lovejoy.

Firefighters responded at 4:15 a.m. to 141 Benzinger St. and found the 1½-story wood frame home fully engulfed in flames, fire officials said.

No one was injured, but the two adults and five children are being assisted by the Red Cross.

The blaze also caused damage to School 43 at 161 Benzinger, knocking out windows and causing $1,000 in damages. The school was closed to students today, but staff members were told to report to West Hertel Academy.

A two-story home at 139 Benzinger sustained about $15,000 in exposure damage.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.