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Fire destroys barn in unincorporated Mundelein

Firefighters respond to a barn fire in the 27200 block of North Chevy Chase Road in unincorporated Mundelein Tuesday afternoon. | Photo: Max Weingardt.

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.

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No injuries were reported. The barn is unusable and the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Bach said.

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