No animals or people were injured after a large barn caught fire and burned down near Mundelein Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
The Countryside Fire Protection District responded around 3:20 p.m. Tuesday to the 27200 block of North Chevy Chase Road in unincorporated Mundelein for a report of a structure fire.
Countryside Fire Battalion Chief Russ Bach said that firefighters found heavy flames and smoke coming from a large metal barn used to store hay and bedding for horses.
The barn was unoccupied and horses in a nearby stable were moved to open pasture for safety, Bach said.
Water had to be shuttled into the scene due to the length of the driveway and distance to a positive water source. Firefighters conducted a defensive operation to extinguish the fire.
Firefighters from 15 fire departments responded to assist, including Lake Zurich, Wauconda, Mundelein, Libertyville, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, Lake Forest, Deerfield-Bannockburn, Highland Park, Grayslake, Round Lake, North Chicago, Gurnee, Long Grove, Palatine Rural and Arlington Heights.
No injuries were reported. The barn is unusable and the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Bach said.