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Fire causes extensive damage, leaves McHenry home uninhabitable

File Photo – McHenry Township Fire Protection District | Photo: Alex Vucha.

A fire, which is believed to have been accidental, left a home near McHenry uninhabitable with more than $200,000 in damage Friday morning, officials said.

The McHenry Township Fire Protection District responded around 4:50 a.m. Friday to the 2000 block of Ridge Road in unincorporated McHenry for a report of a structure fire.

Firefighters arrived on the scene in seven minutes and found a two-story wood-frame house with flames showing from the front of the house.

Crews entered the building and aggressively attacked the fire, bringing it under control in about an hour, according to Battalion Chief Mike Majercik.

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries. Fire damage was extensive and the house is uninhabitable due to fire and smoke damage throughout the home, Majercik said.

The damage is estimated at $200,000 and the cause of the fire is being investigated by fire personnel and the McHenry Police Department. It is believed to be accidental in nature.

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“Working smoke detectors alerted the sole occupant of the fire allowing him to safely evacuate the home prior to the fire department’s arrival,” Majercik said.

Seven McHenry Township Fire Protection District apparatus as well as Fox River Grove, Algonquin, Woodstock, and Wonder Lake fire departments responded to the scene.

The McHenry Police Department and McHenry County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene. Antioch, Mundelein, Cary, Lake Villa, and Round Lake fire departments staffed McHenry stations during the fire.


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