Two people were transported to the hospital after they were trapped in a house fire and had to be rescued by firefighters early Sunday morning near Mundelein.
The Countryside Fire Protection District and Lake County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a structure fire in the 21800 block of West Route 60 in unincorporated Mundelein around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.
Two residents were asleep and woke up after their smoke detectors had been activated, Countryside Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Jason Masheris said.
The residents called 911 and firefighters arrived and confirmed an active structure fire.
The two residents were inside their bedroom and kept their door shut to prevent the heat and smoke from reaching their room, Masheris said.
Firefighters rescued the two residents, who were trapped.
The two were transported to a local hospital for treatment, Masheris said. Their conditions were not immediately known.
The Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) was activated to bring additional fire departments to the scene.
The area does not have fire hydrants so firefighters had to use water tender trucks to haul water to the scene.
Firefighters entered the residence and located a fire in the basement of the home that had traveled through the house.
The fire was extinguished and crews completed overhaul of the scene.
The Grayslake, Libertyville, Mundelein, Linconshire-Riverwoods, Lake Forest, Wauconda, North Chicago, Fox Lake, Highland Park, McHenry, Long Grove and Round Lake fire departments assisted.
A damage estimate was not immediately available and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The Countryside Fire Protection District said they recommend residents test their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on a monthly basis.