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2-Alarm fire in Wadsworth, 7-17-18 (more)

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An estimated $3 million in fire and water damage following a fire at a pyramid home may force the owners to knock the tourist attraction down. If the Gold Pyramid House’s owners decide to demolish, they will replace the structure in Wadsworth with a bigger and better pyramid.

The owners have determined the water damage from firefighting efforts Tuesday was too extensive, but that the fire damage is limited to a couple of rooms.

The Gold Pyramid House was built in 1977 as a private residence but was later opened for public tours. A 55-foot-tall (17-meter-tall) statue of Ramses II stands outside.

The six-story structure has a moat and contains a replica of King Tut’s tomb.


2-Alarm fire in Wadsworth, 7-17-18

The Gurnee FD responded to 37921 N Dilleys Road in Wadsworth for a fire at the Pyramid on Tuesday, 7/17/18.

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The iconic golden pyramid house in suburban Wadsworth caught fire Tuesday, filling the sky with smoke and flames. The fire started around 4 p.m. at the pyramid, built as a private home in the 1970s. It is 17,000 square feet and stands at six stories tall, surrounded by Egyptian statues and a moat.

The 80-year-old homeowner and designer who has dementia was inside the home in his wheelchair when the fire started. His caregiver and fire officials were able to get him out of the home safely. A 15-year-old Yorkie died in the fire.

The unusually shaped home made it difficult for firefighters to battle the flames. Fire officials say a wind-driven fire created a mayday explosion on the fourth floor. They described it as a blow-torch that blew firefighters off their feet. Two firefighters were injured.

Gurnee Battalion Chief David Douglas said, “We’ve done walkthroughs through this building before and we knew the challenges that would come. Today those came true.


Gold Pyramid fire

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