Firefighters found a family dog dead inside a home in Wauconda after extinguishing a fire that caused $400,000 in damage Tuesday afternoon, fire officials said.
The Wauconda Fire District responded around 2:48 p.m. Tuesday to the 2800 block of Liberty Lakes Boulevard in Wauconda for a report of a structure fire.
Wauconda Deputy Fire Marshal Mike DaValle said the fire was reported by someone passing by who saw smoke and called 911.
Firefighters arrived in seven minutes and found smoke coming from the eaves and vents of the home.
Fire crews forced entry into the home and found smoke coming from the floor of the home, DaValle said.
Upon investigation, firefighters located the fire in the basement. Three different hose lines were deployed.
The Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) was activated to bring additional firefighters to the scene and to Wauconda’s three fire stations to cover any calls in the district.
The fire was brought under control in 40 minutes.
Neighbors told firefighters that the residents were not home at the time of the fire.
No residents or firefighters were injured, but fire crews found one dog dead, DaValle added.
DaValle said the blaze caused an estimated $400,000 in damage. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
The Wauconda Fire District was assisted by Lake Zurich, Mundelein, Countryside, Nunda, McHenry, Long Grove, Lake Villa, Fox Lake, Barrington, Fox River Grove, Barrington Countryside, Woodstock and Spring Grove fire departments.