Fire officials confirm a dog died after a fire fully engulfed a house, leaving it completely destroyed at an estimated loss of $600,000, 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.
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.
Firefighters set up a large diameter hose leading into the incident.
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 initially said a dog was unaccounted for following the fire.
Fire officials said Wednesday that the family dog was confirmed to have died.
Crews remained on the scene as of 8:30 p.m. extinguishing hot spots, conducting overhaul and performing an investigation.
Pilgard said an investigation is still ongoing and investigators were 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.
Fire officials said the loss of the house was estimated at $610,000.