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2-Alarm house fire in South Barrington, 8-11-22

Barrington and Countryside firefighters were dispatched almost simultaneously for two reported house fires this afternoon (8/11/22). Companies were sent to both addresses, one on Penny Drive that was unfounded and the other at 4 McGlashen Drive in South Barrington where arriving police officers reported heavy fire in the garage after neighbors reported hearing an explosion.  The Code 3 was upgraded upon arrival to a Code 4 Working Fire, and then a MABAS Box Alarm was requested as companies went defensive. A 2nd alarm was requested a few minutes later.

Firefighters made a good stop on the fire containing it mostly to the garage and kitchen areas that were involved on arrival. The large home is situated in a gated community without hydrants, and a tanker shuttle brought water for the fire attack. Twelve tankers were used including two from Barrington Countryside, Long Grove, Prospect Heights, Round Lake, Bartlett, Nunda, Libertyville, Fox River Grove, Crystal Lake, Wauconda, Huntley, and McHenry Township.

Trucks at the scene were from Hoffman Estates and Palatine, squads from Cary and Schaumburg, plus engines from Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Carpentersville, Algonquin, Buffalo Grove, Grayslake, Lincolnshire, and Lake Zurich in addition to three from Barrington Countryside. Ambulances were from Barrington, Mount Prospect, and Des Plaines.; #larryshapiro;; #firescene; #E-ONE; #EONEStrength; #barringtonCountrysideFPD; #tendershuttle;

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3-Alarm fire in Long Grove, 4-22-21 (more)

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3-Alarm fire in Long Grove, 4-22-21 (more)

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3-Alarm fire in Long Grove, 4-22-21 (more)

Just before 2:00PM on Thursday, (4/22/21) fire companies from Long Grove, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, Lake Zurich, Prospect Heights, Mundelein, the Countryside FPD, the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD, Barrington, and Elk Grove Township were dispatched for a house fire at 3159 Cuba Road in Long Grove. Initial reports were of fire on the roof that the resident was attempting to extinguish. The 6,000 square foot home with a cedar shake roof is located roughly 1,000 feet from the road with a winding driveway and wooden bridge for access.

A dispatcher notified responding units that the homeowner had reportedly reentered the home, but was outside again when the first units arrived. Long Grove units saw fire from the attic in front of the house and from the rear as well upon conducting an initial size up. The alarm was upgraded to a working fire bringing more resources including several additional tankers.

An interior attack was made and found heavy fire inside the home before firefighters were forced to retreat and change to defensive operations. Long Grove Tanker 55 with 3,000 gallons of water and Squad 55 with 730 gallons were both in the driveway followed shortly thereafter by Lake Zurich Engine 324 with another 750 gallons after they dropped 750′ of 5″ hose up the driveway on their way in. The alarm was upgraded to a MABAS Box Alarm which later was upgraded to a 2nd and then a 3rd Alarm.

A deck gun was used to attack the fire until the initial 4800-gallon combined water supply was depleted while additional companies initiated a water supply from the street. Tankers shuttled water from two fill sites, one east and the other from the west.

At one point ammunition inside was heard exploding. Embers from the fire spread to the east starting several small brush fires. The wind-driven fire spread quickly and totally consumed the house which was completely destroyed. 


fire destroys massive 6000 square foot home in Long Grove

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An incomplete list of agencies at the scene includes:

  • Long Grove FPD – battalion chief, chief, squad, tanker
  • Buffalo Grove – chief, battalion chief, tower ladder, ambulance, MobileComm
  • Prospect Heights – chief, tanker
  • Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD – battalion chief, squad
  • Deerfield-Riverwoods FPD – squad
  • Palatine – squad
  • Barrington – chief
  • Barrington Countryside FPD – battalion chief
  • Elk Grove Village – ambulance
  • Mundelein – ambulance
  • Wheeling – chief, ambulance
  • Lake Zurich – engine, chief
  • Mount Prospect – engine
  • Highland Park – engine
  • Gurnee – engine
  • Lake Forest – engine
  • Palatine Rural FPD – tanker
  • Countryside FPD – tanker
  • Grayslake FPD – tanker
  • Elk Grove Township FPD – tanker
  • Round Lake FPD – tanker
  • Cary FPD – tanker
  • Lake Villa FPD – tanker
  • Nunda Rural FPD – tanker
  • Fox River Grove FPD – tanker
  • Wauconda FPD – tanker
  • Northbrook – tower ladder

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3-Alarm fire in Saint Anne, 1-27-19

The St Anne Fire Protection District in Kankakee County battled a 3-Alarm house fire at 12750 E 7000 S Road today (1/27/19). The area was without hydrants and a tender shuttle was conducted with about a dozen units.

Firefighters battle house fire in frigid temperatures

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2-Alarm fire in Barrington Hills, 5-3-18 (more)

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2-Alarm fire in Barrington Hills, 5-3-18 (more)

More on the 2-Alarm fire in Barrington Hills, 5-3-18.

Then tanker shuttle included:

Long Grove, Countryside, Round Lake, Crystal Lake, Antioch, Bartlett, East Dundee, Prospect Heights, Palatine Rural, McHenry Township, Nunda, Lake Villa, Fox Lake, Woodstock, and Elk Grove Township.

Bartlett FPD Tender 2

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Trucks at the scene were from Palatine, West Dundee, and Wauconda.

Engines were from Mundelein, Buffalo Grove, Carpentersville, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, and Algonquin. 

Squads from Cary and Lincolnshire-Riverwoods plus ambulances from Barrington, Barrington Countryside, and Des Plaines were also at the scene.

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2-Alarm fire in Barrington Hills, 5-3-18

large house in Barrington Hills engulfed by flames

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The Barrington Countryside FPD responded to a house fire early this morning (5/3/18) at 83 Paganica Drive in Barrington Hills. A header was visible as units were en route and they found heavy fire from the second floor and mansard roof upon arrival. The resident had evacuated the house. The area is without hydrants.  The first engine and tanker pulled into the driveway with 4,000 gallons of water as the second engine dropped a line to the end of the street to initiate a drafting operation from three portable tanks. Fourteen tankers shuttled water for over two hours to supply several hand lines that were operating. The house sustained heavy damage and the fire’s origin is believed to be a lightning strike.

Barrington Countryside FPD E-ONE e-MAX Engine 37 at fire scene

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Lightning may be to blame for a fire that tore through a nearly 9,000-square-foot Barrington Hills home after violent storms pushed through the region early Thursday morning. Firefighters from the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District and about 20 other departments spent roughly two hours getting the fire on Paganica Drive under control.

Neighbors reported hearing a loud boom during the night, before firefighters well called to the scene at about 4:40 a.m., when the homeowner spotted flames. While most of the damage occurred to the roof, the house was left uninhabitable by the fire.

Because the neighborhood has no fire hydrants, firefighters set up a rural fire operation which involved bringing water to the scene in tenders. At no time was water supply lost, according to the fire district.

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4-Alarm house fire in Barrington Hills – 1-30-17 (part 3)

Video (part 2) from Larry Shapiro 4-Alarm house fire in Barrington Hills – 1-30-17

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4-Alarm house fire in Barrington Hills – 1-30-17 (part 2)

Video (part 1) from Larry Shapiro 4-Alarm house fire in Barrington Hills – 1-30-17

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A large house that was being expanded was a total loss Tuesday morning, after an immense fire in west suburban Barrington, while the family was overseas on vacation. An addition being built onto the 3,800-square-foot home appeared to be about 2,000 square feet.

By the time neighbors saw the fire, it had already grown quite large.

The fire started around 2 a.m. at a home at the end of a quarter-mile driveway on Cuba Road between Old Barrington Road and Route 59. A total of 30 suburban fire departments were called to the scene with more than 100 firefighters.

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