Over 50 firefighters were called after flames and smoke erupted from a strip mall in Mundelein, leaving several businesses uninhabitable Wednesday evening.
The Mundelein Fire Department responded around 4:55 p.m. Wednesday to the 800 block of South Lake Street for a report of a structure fire.
Firefighters arrived in three minutes and reported smoke and flames coming from the roof area over the end unit of a strip mall.
Mundelein Deputy Fire Chief Darren Brents said that the incident was elevated to a box alarm through the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) based on the fire conditions.
First arriving firefighters pulled a hose line to the front of the building and aggressively attacked the fire from the exterior while other firefighters connected to a nearby fire hydrant, Brents said.
Firefighters then entered the fire unit and adjacent units to search for trapped occupants and check for extension of the fire.
The fire was reported under control at approximately 5:40 p.m., nearly 45 minutes after the initial call. No civilians or firefighters were injured in the fire.
Several units in the commercial structure were uninhabitable due to smoke and fire damage. Damage estimates were not immediately available.
La Michoacana Premium and Monica’s Mexican Restaurant were among the businesses damaged in the blaze.
The fire was fought by 51 firefighters staffing four fire engines, three quints, three squads, one truck, one battalion chief and four ambulances.
Fire chiefs from Libertyville, Countryside and Deerfield fire departments assisted and the fire was investigated by three fire investigators, Brents said.
Mundelein Fire Department was assisted by firefighters from Libertyville, Countryside, Lincolnshire, Deerfield, Grayslake, Wauconda, Long Grove, Lake Villa, Lake Zurich, Gurnee, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and Palatine Rural fire departments. Mundelein police assisted at the scene with traffic control.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Mundelein Fire Department.
“The Mundelein Fire Department and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) would like to remind our residents of the importance of having functioning smoke detectors to provide early warning of a fire,” fire officials said in a statement.