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House fire leaves McHenry residence uninhabitable

Firefighters extinguish a house fire in the 4800 block of West Shore Drive in McHenry Monday afternoon. | Photo: Alex Vucha.

Smoke and flames engulfed the rear of a McHenry home, leaving the residence uninhabitable Monday afternoon, fire officials said.

The McHenry Township Fire Protection District responded around 3:17 p.m. Monday to the 4800 block of West Shore Drive in McHenry for a report of a structure fire.

Firefighters arrived within three minutes and found a two-story home with the entire rear of the structure engulfed in flames, according to McHenry Township Fire Battalion Chief Mike Majercik.

Heavy smoke was also pouring out from the entire house and crews engaged in an aggressive fire attack on the building, Majercik said.

The fire was declared under control in approximately 45 minutes. The entire home suffered extensive fire and smoke damage.

Seven pieces of McHenry Township fire apparatus responded to the scene with 37 firefighters, officials said. In addition, Crystal Lake and Nunda-Rural fire departments responded to assist.

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Nobody was home at the time of the fire. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries, Majercik said. The damage is estimated at $150,000 and the home is uninhabitable.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by fire and police investigators.

Lake Villa, Round Lake, Cary and Woodstock fire departments helped staff McHenry fire stations during the fire. The McHenry Police Department and McHenry Building Department also responded to scene.


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