A house was destroyed after being engulfed in flames, prompting a major fire department, in the first block of Robin Crest Road in Hawthorn Woods Tuesday afternoon. | Photo: Nick Rusin

A dog was unaccounted for after a fire fully engulfed a house, leaving it completely destroyed, and sent a large smoke header into the sky in Hawthorn Woods Tuesday afternoon.

The Lake Zurich Fire Rescue Department responded around 4:03 p.m. Tuesday to the 0-10 block of Robin Crest Road in Hawthorn Woods for a report of a structure fire.

Firefighters arrived in three minutes to find a two-story wood-frame house heavily involved in flames, according to Lake Zurich Fire Rescue Department Chief David Pilgard.

The family was accounted for as they were not home at the time of the fire, Pilgard said.

A house was destroyed after being engulfed in flames, prompting a major fire department, in the first block of Robin Crest Road in Hawthorn Woods Tuesday afternoon. | Photo: Nick Rusin

The Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) was activated to the third-alarm level.

The activation prompted approximately 30 fire departments to respond to the scene and to cover Lake Zurich fire stations.

Pilgard said the area has no fire hydrants and many water tender trucks were called to the scene.

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Firefighters set up a large diameter hose leading into the incident.

A house was destroyed after being engulfed in flames, prompting a major fire department, in the first block of Robin Crest Road in Hawthorn Woods Tuesday afternoon. | Photo: Nick Rusin

Fire engines pumped water to the scene where a ladder truck was utilized along with multiple hose lines on the ground to spray water onto the fire, Pilgard said.

No firefighters were injured while battling the blaze, which was declared under control around 5:30 p.m.

Pilgard said a dog remains unaccounted for and it is unknown yet if it escaped or died inside the home.

Crews remained on the scene as of 8:30 p.m. extinguishing hot spots, conducting overhaul and performing an investigation.

A house was destroyed after being engulfed in flames, prompting a major fire department, in the first block of Robin Crest Road in Hawthorn Woods Tuesday afternoon. | Photo: Nick Rusin

Pilgard said an investigation is still ongoing and investigators are first working to determine the origin point of the fire.

The home, which had nearly nothing left of it still standing, was deemed a complete loss.

A damage estimate was not immediately available, the fire chief added.

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