File Photo – Wauconda Fire District | Photo: Tyler Tobolt / Lake and McHenry County Scanner

Firefighters battled a fully engulfed barn fire that left numerous small animals dead early Thursday morning in Wauconda, authorities said.

The Wauconda Fire District responded around 12:15 a.m. Thursday to the 27800 block of North Forest Garden Road in unincorporated Wauconda for a call of a structure fire.

Firefighters arrived within five minutes and found a 50-foot by 40-foot metal storage building on fire.

The barn was located behind a single-family residence and was fully engulfed in flames.

There are no hydrants in the area and water had to be brought to the scene by fire tender trucks, fire officials said.

The fire did not spread to the residence.

The fire was extinguished with approximately 9,000 gallons of water.

Numerous small animals, including geese and rabbits, were housed in the barn and died in the blaze, fire officials said.

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The damage is estimated at $100,000 and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Lake Zurich, Countryside, Round Lake, Fox Lake, Nunda Rural, Barrington and Grayslake fire departments assisted at the scene.

The Fox River Grove and Barrington-Countryside fire departments covered calls in Wauconda.