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Laundromat damaged after fire in Cary

Photo posted on Lake & McHenry County Scanner Facebook page by Kenny Mielke
Photo posted on Lake & McHenry County Scanner Facebook page by Kenny Mielke

The Cary Fire Protection District responded early Tuesday morning to a structure fire at a laundromat in Cary.

At around 2:30 a.m. the Cary Fire Protection District along with other fire departments were dispatched to a commercial structure fire at the Fox Valley Laundromat, 354 Northwest Highway in Cary.

Firefighters arrived two minutes after being dispatched and found heavy smoke coming from the laundromat, fire officials said.

The fire department said that several subjects were found outside the business but they did not know if there was anyone inside.

Firefighters made entry and found a dryer fully involved with fire which was quickly extinguished. A search was made of the laundromat which confirmed that there was no one inside the building and the building was then ventilated to remove the smoke.

The roof and adjacent units were checked for any fire extension with none found, according to Cary Fire Protection District Lt. Michael D. Douglass. The fire damage was contained to a single commercial dryer however there was smoke and water damage to the entire laundromat.

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There were patrons using the laundromat, however, they were sitting out in their car at the time of the fire, Cary Fire Protection District Lt. Michael D. Douglass said in a statement.

The laundromat¬†is self-service and open 24 hours a day and is the end unit of a strip mall that also has several other businesses including O’Reilly Auto Parts, Edge Fitness & Performance, Dollar General, Cuco’s Burrito Express, Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Store and Volume Liquors.

No damage estimate is available yet. The laundromat will be closed for business for an unknown amount of time while repairs are made.

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Cary Police Department and other fire departments including Algonquin-Lake in the Hills, Village of Barrington, Barrington-Countryside and Fox River Grove also responded to the scene.


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