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17 residents displaced after fire in assisted living facility in Gurnee

Photo by Joe Shuman of J. Shuman Photography.

No one was injured but 17 residents were displaced after a fire in an assisted living facility in Gurnee on Tuesday, fire officials said.

The Gurnee Fire Department responded at 12:11 p.m. Tuesday to a structure fire at Assisted Living by Theresa, 6455 Cunningham Court.

Fire crews found flames showing from the roof and attic of the two-story multi-family residential facility, fire officials said. The fire is believed to have been started by fireplace embers which ignited the cedar roof, spreading into the attic.

The building has a working fire detection system and sprinklers but because of the location of the fire the systems did not activate, fire officials said. All 17 residents who lived in the building were uninjured and relocated to other Assisted Living by Theresa facilities.

Firefighters from Grayslake, Libertyville and Newport were called to assist Gurnee firefighters at the scene. Firefighters from Mundelein, Beach Park, Zion and Lake Villa covered Gurnee fire stations.

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The fire remains under investigation.