All employees evacuated safely after a fire broke out at a manufacturing plant in Lake in the Hills, sending heavy flames through the roof Monday afternoon.
The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District responded around 4:38 p.m. Monday to AFC Materials Group, 14 Walter Court in Lake in the Hills, for a report of a structure fire.
Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District Deputy Chief John Knebl said firefighters arrived on the scene and found a single-story manufacturing plant.
There was heavy fire coming from the roof of the building, Knebl said.
Firefighters initiated an “aggressive fire attack” on the structure and positioned a ladder to the roof for extinguishment.
Knebl said additional fire companies on the scene checked the building for fire extension.
The facility’s employees were able to evacuate safely and no employee injuries were reported.
The fire was declared under control within 40 minutes. No firefighter injuries were reported.
The Lake in the Hills Police Department, Cary Fire Protection District, Huntley Fire Protection District, Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department, Barrington Fire Department, Carpentersville Fire Department and the Fox River Grove Fire Protection District assisted at the scene and covering Algonquin fire stations.
The cause of the fire is being investigated and a portion of the plant is closed, Knebl said. A damage estimate was not immediately available.
In late August, firefighters responded to the same plant for a fire that started in the exhaust of a machine used to make fabrics for cooking.