All residents and pets were able to escape without injury after a fire started and caused heavy damage to a house in Zion Tuesday evening, fire officials said.
The Zion Fire and Rescue Department and Zion Police Department responded around 9:55 p.m. Tuesday to the 3800 block of Parkway Lane in Zion for a report of a structure fire.
Zion Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Eric Troy said arriving fire apparatus encountered a heavy volume of fire from the home’s attached garage.
Firefighters also found flames coming from the second floor above the garage.
One of the residents met with firefighters upon arrival and confirmed everyone, including pets, had been safely evacuated.
Troy said general access to the scene was a challenge due to the narrow streets in the subdivision.
Multiple hose lines were deployed to extinguish the main body of fire within a short period of time, Troy said. No injuries were reported.
The fire was declared under control and salvage and overhaul operations were conducted. A board-up service was called to the scene.
Firefighters from Beach Park, Gurnee, Pleasant Prairie, Winthrop Harbor and Newport assisted at the scene along with Zion ESDA.
North Chicago and Libertyville fire departments covered calls in Zion.
The cause of the fire is under investigation still and damage was estimated at $75,000.
The residents, who were displaced, have arrangements in place with relatives, Troy said.
The Zion Fire and Rescue Department said they encourage people to immediately call 911 and exit if a fire is discovered in the home. “As always, working smoke detectors is a must.”