Excerpts from the journal-topics.com:

Close to 50 firefighters battled a house fire for 4-1/2 hours on Oct. 10 in unincorporated Elk Grove Village. Three individuals were hospitalized for observation due to smoke inhalation.

The fire, reported to 911 dispatchers at 5:24 p.m. at a home in the 500 block of Crest Avenue, was extinguished at 10 p.m., but not before it was elevated to a MABAS Box Alarm. 

Neighbors, who called 911, appeared to have saved between one and four occupants of the burning home. It is unclear whether they entered the home or pounded on the door to alert those inside to the fire. 

The split level ranch style home contained working smoke detectors, which were still ringing when firefighters arrived. The fire appeared to have started either in the garage or in a car parked near the garage. Once the garage was engulfed, fire quickly spread to the rest of the single-family home. 

Firefighters from Elk Grove Village, Elk Grove Township, Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect, Palatine, Des Plaines, Rosemont, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, Itasca, and Bensenville responded to the fire.

That portion of Crest Avenue is in a small pocket of unincorporated Elk Grove Township, surrounded on all sides by Elk Grove Village.