Dozens of firefighters battled an extra-alarm fire in sub-zero temperatures that heavily damaged a house in Round Lake Beach Friday evening.
The Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District responded around 7:35 p.m. Friday to the 1200 block of Woodridge Drive in Round Lake Beach for a report of a structure fire.
Fire crews arrived to find a well-involved garage that was attached to a single-family residence, according to Battalion Chief Eric Hair.
Extremely cold temperatures and high wind conditions made for difficult conditions and caused the fire to quickly spread to the attached residence, Hair said.
The fire was elevated to a second alarm through the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS), bringing in 30 additional firefighters to assist in the efforts.
Crews at the scene were able to contain the fire to the building of origin.
Two additional single-family homes were in close proximity to the fire but firefighters were able to control the fire so it did not spread, Hair said.
Crews continued to work in adverse weather until the fire was declared under control around 9 p.m.
Firefighters worked on the scene for an additional 90 minutes locating and extinguishing hot spots.
Firefighters were called back to the residence around 2:15 a.m. Saturday after the fire reportedly started up again.
No occupants were injured in the fire but the residence sustained extensive damage and is uninhabitable.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Hair said.
The Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District said area residents should have and practice escape plans to ensure they are prepared in the event of a fire.