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Fire causes $150,000 in damage to Burger King restaurant in Lake Zurich

Flames billow from the roof of the Burger King at 642 South Rand Road in Lake Zurich Tuesday evening. | Photo: Jimmy Bolf.

Over a dozen fire departments responded to a structure fire at a Burger King restaurant in Lake Zurich that caused $150,000 in damage Tuesday evening, fire officials said.

The Lake Zurich Fire Department responded around 10:04 p.m. Tuesday to Burger King, 642 South Rand Road in Lake Zurich, for a report of a fire alarm.

Lake Zurich Fire Department Captain Joe Christopherson said that firefighters responded and arrived in under five minutes.

Responding units found moderate smoke coming from the eaves of the building and ensured all occupants were accounted, Christopherson said.

Firefighters investigated and located the fire in an exterior wall. The fire had traveled to a void space above the main entrance of the building and up to the roof.

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at the Burger King located at 642 South Rand Road in Lake Zurich Tuesday evening. | Photo: Jimmy Bolf.

The Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) was activated to bring additional resources to the scene. The fire was extinguished using two hose lines and two ladder trucks, Christopherson said.

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A preliminary fire investigation determined the blaze started in the exterior landscape mulch and progressed into the exterior wall of the building.

The business sustained fire, smoke and water damage that is estimated at $150,000.

Firefighters were able to save an estimated $400,000 in property and contents. There were no reports of any civilian or firefighter injuries.

The Lake Zurich Fire Department received assistance from Arlington Heights, Barrington, Barrington-Countryside, Buffalo Grove, Cary, Crystal Lake, Countryside, Elk Grove Township, Lake Forest, Libertyville, Long Grove, Nunda Rural, Palatine, Palatine Rural, Wauconda and Wheeling fire departments.

The Lake Zurich Police Department assisted with traffic control.