The Barrington Fire Department received a call near shift change this morning for a barn on fire at 21089 Ridge Road in Barrington Hills. First arriving companies found light smoke visible from the road and proceeded down the private drive with Quint 362, Tanker 362, and Engine 363. Engine 361 dropped 1,000′ feet of large diameter hose back to the street where two 3,000-gallon portable tanks were setup for a water supply. This area of Barrington Hills has no hydrants.
The three units in the driveway provided 3,500 gallons of water plus another 960 gallons from Engine 1 prior to the establishment of the tanker shuttle. A MABAS Box Alarm was requested immediately and the alarm was upgraded to a 2nd Alarm within minutes. Tankers from Long Grove, Palatine Rural, Round Lake, and Wauconda were due along with squads from Cary and Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, trucks from Palatine, Elgin, and Mundelein, ambulances from Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, and Deerfield, plus engines from Algonquin, Fox River Grove, Lake Zurich, Carpentersville, West Dundee, and Hoffman Estates.
The barn/garage structure that was burning contained hay, a boat, a fork lift, and several other mechanical devices in addition to various equipment and supplies. Several horses were safely evacuated to an adjacent pasture.
The alarm was upgraded to a 4th Alarm for tankers only which added Fox Lake, Prospect Heights, Bartlett, Nunda Rural, and Crystal Lake.
Tim Olk arrived at the scene shortly after the Box Alarm was requested, and Larry Shapiro arrived roughly 30 minutes later. Both have images which will post plus a video as they become available.
One firefighter was transported to the hospital with an ankle injury.