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Fire destroys large barn in Woodstock

Firefighters work to extinguish a barn that caught on fire near Route 47 and Charles Road near Woodstock on Tuesday. | Photo: Alex Vucha / WFRD.

A barn that caught fire Tuesday morning in Woodstock was deemed a complete loss but no animals or people were reported injured.

The Woodstock Fire and Rescue District responded around 8:07 a.m. Tuesday to the corner of Route 47 and Charles Road in unincorporated Woodstock for a reported structure fire.

Fire officials said that the fire was reported to authorities by multiple people who passed by and called 911.

Firefighters arrived and found heavy fire and smoke conditions along the roofline of the barn.

The Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) was activated to the first alarm to bring additional resources to the scene.

There are no fire hydrants in the area so fire department water tenders were called to the scene while a rural water supply operation was set up.

Firefighters work to extinguish a barn that caught on fire near Route 47 and Charles Road near Woodstock on Tuesday. | Photo: Alex Vucha / WFRD.

Firefighters began a defensive fire attack on three sides of the barn and the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) was upgraded to a second alarm for additional resources.

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The fire was determined to be under control within 60 minutes but crews are expected to monitor hotspots throughout the afternoon.

Firefighters could not safely enter the barn due to its lack of structural integrity.

The barn is considered a complete loss and a damage estimate was not immediately available. There were no injuries or loss of animal life.

The fire is not being considered suspicious but it remains under investigation by the Woodstock Fire and Rescue District.

“We greatly appreciated the assistance from our neighboring fire agencies, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Woodstock Public Works, and our dispatchers. Thank you to those who assisted at the scene and the crews who backfilled our stations while our units were working at the fire,” fire officials said in a statement.