This from Larry Shapiro:

The Lake Zurich Fire Department received a call just after 5PM on Monday about a fire at Midwest Motors at 540 Cortland Drive. The first engine reported light smoke coming from the eaves. As the smoke grew in intensity, the alarm was quickly upgraded to a Box Alarm. The strip center building was home to a large indoor showroom of high end and exotic used cars.

The fire was on the second floor and in the attic at the southern end of the sprinklered building. Companies held the fire to that portion of the building although there was extensive water damage throughout. Although some cars were damaged, the majority were removed from the building.

Companies at the scene with engines were Lake Zurich (4), Palatine, Buffalo Grove, Fox River Grove, and Barrington Countryside. Trucks were from Wauconda and Arlington Heights , squads from Long Grove and Deerfield, ambulances from Barrington, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, and Libertyville, and chief officers from Lake Zurich, Wauconda, Fox River Grove, Long Grove, and Buffalo Grove.

commercial building fire scene

The D side of the fire building. Larry Shapiro photo

Pierce tower ladder at fire scene

Arlington Heights Tower 1 setting up. Larry Shapiro photo

fireman uses master stream from tower ladder

Wauconda firefighters hitting the remaining fire. Larry Shapiro photo

Pierce tower ladder at fire scene

Wauconda’s tower ladder was in front of the building. Larry Shapiro photo

firemen working on ladders at fire scene

Overhaul on the D side. Larry Shapiro photo

firemen working at fire scene

The A-D corner was where all the fire was located. Larry Shapiro photo

firemen save exotic car after fire

Deerfield firefighters help push a Viper out of the showroom. Larry Shapiro photo

firemen overhaul from Pierce tower ladder

Working from the Arlington Heights tower ladder. Larry Shapiro photo

Pierce fire engines at fire scene

Three of Lake Zurich’s four Pierce engines. Larry Shapiro photo

Pierce tower ladders at fire scene

Both tower ladders were used for overhaul. Larry Shapiro photo

rookie firefighter gets instructions

A Palatine intern receives instruction on the use of a hand line. Larry Shapiro photo

McLaren sprots car

A McLaren, one of the expensive cars that was inside at the time of the fire. Larry Shapiro photo

A video will post later.

Here is a link to the complete gallery of images.