Authorities say firefighters extinguished three separate fires within hours of each other at new construction townhomes in a Grayslake neighborhood Monday.
The Grayslake Fire District responded around 2 p.m. Monday to the 1500 block of Albany Street in Grayslake for a report of an electrical fire.
The incident was reported at a townhome that was under construction, according to Grayslake Fire District Battalion Chief James Weidman.
The neighborhood is located on the corner of Route 137 and Midlothian Road.
Firefighters found a small fire in a mechanical room that had spread into the ceiling of the garage.
Crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire and ComEd was called to turn off the electricity, Weidman said.
Firefighters and ComEd found that water service lines leading into the townhome had become charged with electricity, which caused the fire.
Firefighters checked the remaining townhomes in the area for any damage due to the electrical issue.
Weidman said crews identified a second townhome that had a small fire inside a mechanical room and quickly extinguished that fire as well.
ComEd was able to turn off the electricity to both buildings.
Firefighters remained on the scene for nearly two hours investigating the fires.
Around 11:30 p.m. Monday, the Grayslake Fire District responded to another call for a report of a structure fire in the 1500 block of Albany Street.
Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and flames showing from a townhome.
The Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) was activated to the box alarm level to bring additional fire departments to the scene.
It took firefighters approximately 30 minutes to bring the fire under control.
Damage to the building was estimated at $200,000.
The Grayslake Fire District was assisted by the Round Lake, Countryside, Libertyville, Gurnee, Mundelein, Wauconda, Waukegan and Lake Villa fire departments.
Grayslake’s fire stations were covered by Beach Park, Antioch, Newport and Lake Zurich fire departments.