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3 family pets die in extra-alarm house fire in Antioch

Heavy flames and smoke rise from a home in the 300 block of Sequoia Court in Antioch Friday evening | Photo: Woo-Sung Shim / Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

Three family pets were killed in a large fire at an Antioch home that caused over $300,000 in damage and left the residence uninhabitable Friday afternoon, the fire chief said.

The Antioch Fire Department responded just before 5 p.m. Friday to the 300 block of Sequoia Court for a report of a structure fire.

Fire crews arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the home and immediately deployed fire hoses, according to Antioch Fire Chief Jon Cokefair, who added that crews faced heavy flames on the first and second floors.

As the fire progressed, the call was elevated to a second alarm, bringing in other fire departments and equipment from around Lake County and Wisconsin, Cokefair said.

The fire had extended into the attic space and a ladder truck was used to spray water into the attic. Fire crews re-entered the home once it was safe and continued to extinguish the fire.

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Smoke rises from the attic of a home in the 300 block of Sequoia Court in Antioch Friday evening | Photo: Woo-Sung Shim / Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

“The fire attack was extremely challenging due to the arrangement and the amount of personal property in the residence,” Cokefair said.

The fire was brought under control after about an hour. Firefighters remained at the scene overhauling and searching for hot spots until just before 10 p.m.

While there were no firefighter or civilian injuries, three family pets died in the fire, Cokefair said. The home was deemed uninhabitable and the fire remains under investigation.

Fire officials estimated over $300,000 in damages.

“We would like to express our sincere thanks to our neighboring departments in Lake County and Wisconsin for their assistance in handling this incident,” Cokefair said.


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