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Dog rescued, firefighter and juvenile injured during house fire in Zion

Firefighters battle a house fire in the 3300 block of Emmaus Avenue in Zion Friday afternoon. | Photo: Jeff Rudolph / Box Alarm Photography.

A dog was rescued and a firefighter and juvenile were treated for injuries during a house fire in Zion Friday afternoon, officials said.

The Zion Fire-Rescue Department responded around 1:35 p.m. Friday to the 3300 block of Emmaus Avenue for a report of a structure fire.

Firefighters arrived and found light smoke coming from the home, which was undergoing renovation, according to Zion Fire-Rescue Department Battalion Chief Rocky Campanella.

Campanella said that fire conditions quickly escalated, causing a need to activate the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) for additional personnel and equipment.

“Accessibility to the roof was hampered by fire conditions. A ladder truck was positioned to allow firefighters to safely direct a master stream to extinguish multiple areas where fire had vented through the roof. This action allowed crews to enter the home and extinguish the rest of the fire,” Campanella said.

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A family dog was rescued safely from a house fire in the 3300 block of Emmaus Avenue in Zion Friday afternoon. | Photo: Jeff Rudolph / Box Alarm Photography.

Multiple hose lines and two ladder trucks were used to extinguish the fire. All residents evacuated safely and a dog was rescued by firefighters.

A firefighter suffered a minor burn injury as a result of falling embers and a juvenile suffered smoke inhalation. Both were treated at the scene and did not require hospitalization.

The cause of the fire, which caused $150,000 in damage, remains under investigation. The structure was deemed uninhabitable.

37 firefighters responded from departments including Zion, Beach Park, Newport, Pleasant Prairie, Winthrop Harbor, Gurnee, Lake Forest, Countryside, Kenosha, Waukegan and Antioch.

North Chicago, Libertyville and Grayslake fire departments covered calls for Zion during the incident.

“As always the Zion Fire & Rescue Department reminds everyone of the importance of working smoke detectors,” Campanella said.


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