The Prospect Heights Fire Department received a call reporting fire in an attached garage around 2:30PM this afternoon. When the first unit arrived at 410 N. Schoenbeck Road, they reported heavy fire in the garage which was communicating to the two-story house. This part of Prospect Heights’ district is without hydrants, so the initial response brings their 3,000-gallon tanker along with their two engines, a battalion chief, and an ambulance. Also on the Code 3 response, they get an engine from Wheeling, an ambulance from Mt. Prospect, and a second tanker from Long Grove.
The fire was immediately upgraded to a Code 4 for the confirmed fire which brought an engine from Mt. Prospect, the tower ladder from Prospect Heights, a third tanker from Palatine Rural, an ambulance from Northbrook, a squad from Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, a tower ladder from Northbrook, and chief officers from Wheeling and Long Grove.
As the fire progressed into the house, the alarm was further upgraded to a MABAS Box Alarm which brought a tower ladder from Buffalo Grove, a squad from Deerfield, a truck from Northfield (which replaced a truck from Niles which was not available), a RIT chief and engine from North Maine, engines from Palatine, Arlington Heights, and Des Plaines, an ambulance from Elk Grove Township, chief officers from Glenview and Northbrook plus the MESS Canteen.
Prospect Heights Engine 9, the first due engine, went through their 750-gallon tank plus the 3,000 gallons carried by Tanker 9. Long Grove Tanker 55 also carries 3,000 gallons, all of which were used just prior to the establishment of a secure water supply that required 2,500 feet of 5″ hose.
The occupants of the house were able to get out, but evidently the family dog perished.
Tim Olk and Larry Shapiro were both at the scene and submitted several images.