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Vacant Hackney’s restaurant in Lake Zurich burns to ground in massive fire

Photo submitted to Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

A massive extra-alarm blaze burned down the vacant Hackney’s restaurant in Lake Zurich early Sunday morning, fire officials said.

The Lake Zurich Fire Department was called at 1:40 a.m. to the old Hackney’s restaurant, which is now vacant, at 800 North Old Rand Road in Lake Zurich, for a report of a structure fire.

Firefighters arrived and found the building fully involved with flames and smoke.

Photo provided by the Lake Zurich Fire Department.

The Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) was utilized and upgraded to a 2nd alarm, which brought firefighters from Deerfield-Bannockburn, Countryside, Barrington, Fox River Grove, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, Knollwood, Mount Prospect, Rolling Meadows, Algonquin, Prospect Heights, Wauconda, Arlington Heights, Wheeling, Schaumburg, Grayslake, Long Grove, Cary, Libertyville, Northbrook, Nunda-Rural, Palatine-Rural, Round Lake and other cities to the scene.

Multiple ladder trucks were setup around the fire to help extinguish it. The fire was brought under control almost two hours later. Fire crews remained at the scene spraying down the building and doing overhaul until later Sunday morning.

Photo provided by the Lake Zurich Fire Department.

Rand Road was closed until around 9 a.m. while crews worked at the scene. The building was the site of the former Hackney’s restaurant, which closed in March 2017.

No injuries were reported and fire investigators are working on determining what caused the massive blaze.


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