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Of interest … Waterloo, IL house fire 10-16-22

This was captured by Doug Fuller while traveling in southern Illinois recently:

Some photos of a fire 10/16/22 in Waterloo, IL involving a two-story farmhouse with a 1 1/2-story addition. It was an occupied dwelling with everyone safely outside. Mutual aid included companies from Columbia and Valmeyer.; #WaterloosFD; #DougFuller; #housefire;

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5-Alarm house fire in Kildeer, 7-30-22 (more)

Second installment video by Larry Shapiro of the 5-Alarm fire in Kildeer, 7-30-22 highlighting the extensive water supply operation and tanker shuttle


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5-Alarm house fire in Kildeer, 7-30-22

The Long Grove FPD and surrounding fire departments were dispatched just after 2AM this morning for a house fire at 21605 N Tiffany Court in Kildeer. Heavy black smoke was seen pumping out of a large, two-story home and the alarm was upgraded to a MABAS Box Alarm which was followed immediately by a 2nd Alarm. Within minutes the house was fully engulfed by fire with flames reaching over 60 feet into the air. 

The house was located in a remote subdivision with no hydrants. The alarm was elevated to a 3rd alarm plus an additional 5th alarm for tenders which came from Cook, Lake, McHenry, and Kenosha counties.

Water supply operations included four porta-tanks and dozens of tenders shuttling water from two fill sites. Engines from Lake Zurich and Lake Bluff were drafting and suppling a quint from Buffalo Grove, a quint from Barrington, and lines from Long Grove Squad 55.; #larryshapiro; #LongGroveFPD; #Kildeerhousefire;#Flames

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

More from the 3-Alarm fire in Long Grove, 4-22-21


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

video from Larry Shapiro of the 2-Alarm fire in Barrington Hills, 5-3-18


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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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House fire in Lake Zurich, 5-15-17

Lake Zurich firefighters responded for a house fire at 22580 Somerset Court Monday (5/15/17) and found the garage and several vehicles burning. The alarm was upgraded to a MABAS Box Alarm that included multiple tenders (tankers) to shuttle water to this area that lacks hydrants.

fire engine nursing another engine at a fire

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Lake Zurich fire engines at a fire

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Firefighter with hose with smoldering ruins

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smoldering house that burned

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aftermath of house fire in Lake Zurich IL

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MESS Canteen service

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fire trucks staged in a line

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Long Grove FPD Tanker 55 dumping into a portable tank

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Fox Lake FPD tanker dumping into a portable tank

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