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House fire in South Barrington, 12-3-23 (more)

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House fire in South Barrington, 12-3-23

Excerpts from Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District on Facebook:

BCFPD was dispatched to the 0-100 block of Liberty Drive in South Barrington for a report of an attached garage fully-involved with fire. 
Upon arrival, crews reported a single-family structure with a fully-involved garage and active fire extending to the kitchen. 
The alarm was immediately upgraded to a Code 4 working fire response. 
Crews made an aggressive transitional attack by fighting the fire with exterior and interior lines. 
Due to the amount of water and manpower needed to extinguish this fire, a MABAS box alarm was requested. 
A tender shuttle operation was implemented for water supply that was able to sustain 1,000 gallons-per-minute within one half hour of the alarm.
The fire was confined and contained to the area involved upon our arrival with heavy smoke and water damage throughout the structure. 
Salvage operations were conducted as the incident was deescalating. 
The occupants were able to escape without any major injuries, and were evaluated by on-scene emergency medical services.  There were no firefighters injured. 
The cause of the fire is under investigation.; #housefire; #Barrington-CountrysideFPD;

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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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2nd Alarm house fire in South Barrington 7-9-13 (more)

A video from Larry Shapiro showing yesterday’s 2nd Alarm house fire in South Barrington

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2nd Alarm house fire in South Barrington 7-9-13 (more)

From the Chicago Tribune:

South Barrington police say a mother and her two young children are safe after lightning struck their home this afternoon, starting a fire.

The incident took place around noon in the 0-100 block of Terra Vita Drive in South Barrington, police said—with the family inside—and initially was reported as an explosion.

He said the now-displaced family safely left the two-story, wood-and-brick house without help. No one was hurt but the house appears to be destroyed and has heavy damage to the attic, second floor and parts of the first floor, Deegan said.

Units were called to the scene and found smoke and fire from the roof. Companies initially made an interior attack but were reportedly forced to retreat due to insufficient water. At one point before all of the initial units arrived on-scene, there was some sort of explosion (possibly a smoke explosion) which blew out the front door. Fortunately, no one was injured as companies were preparing to make entry at that time. The alarm was upgraded to a box alarm and the attack went defensive. The house is located on a dead end street with no hydrants, just off Barrington Road.

The Still Alarm and Box Alarm brought: two engines and a 75′ quint from Barrington, a tower ladder from Palatine, tankers/tenders from Palatine Rural, Nunda Rural, Bartlett, Wauconda, and East Dundee. Additional engines came from Lake Zurich, Long Grove, Hoffman Estates, Fox River Grove, and Algonquin-Lake in the Hills. Ambulances came from Arlington Heights and Buffalo Grove along with a squad from Cary.

Larry Shapiro was at the scene and submitted several images.

Barrington & Countryside FPD fights house fire

Barrington Engine 2, in the driveway, was the first engine to arrive. Larry Shapiro photo

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Fire seen from the rear venting through the roof and is also visible through the upper floor window. Larry Shapiro photo

Barrington Engine 2, the first engine on  the scene, went into the driveway. Palatine Rural Tanker 36 arrived soon after and backed into the driveway to nurse Engine 2 until the tanker shuttle could be setup. One portable tank was dropped in front of Tanker 36 and two were dropped near Barrington Engine 1 just past the house.

These engines would eventually supply a master stream from the Palatine tower ladder and several hand lines in the rear sector.


Palatine Fire Department tower ladder

Firefighters from Palatine Tower 85 direct their master stream at the fire. Larry Shapiro photo

Palatine Rural FPD HME 1871 US Tanker

Palatine Rural Tanker 36 was nursing Barrington Engine 2 in the driveway. Larry Shapiro photo


The alarm was upgraded to a 2nd Alarm for tenders after it became apparent that more units were needed to maintain a constant water supply. Tankers/tenders came from South Elgin, Crystal Lake, and Fox Lake. With the exception of Palatine Rural Tanker 36 which was stationary, the other tankers each made at least four runs each to refill and dump.

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Firefighters stretch the LDH from Barrington Road to the Palatine Rural tanker. Larry Shapiro photo

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Long Grove Engine 55 setup the portable tanks on Barrington Road for the water supply. Larry Shapiro photo

Nunda Rural FPD tanker

Two tankers dump their water into the portable tanks simultaneously. Larry Shapiro photo

Fox River Grove FPD American LaFrance Eagle fire engine

The Fox River Grove engine replace the Long Grove engine during the operation. Larry Shapiro photo


Three portable tanks were dropped and tied together on Barrington Road to provide for a quicker turnaround. Long Grove Engine 55 drafted from these tanks and supplied the palatine Rural tanker through a moderate lay of 5″ LDH.

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Heavy fire through the roof as seen entering the street from Barrington Road. Larry Shapiro photo

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Firemen standby as the water supply is augmented with additional tankers. Larry Shapiro photo

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From the C-D corner, a hand line is directed at the second floor and roof area. Larry Shapiro photo

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Another view looking at the A-D corer with heavy fire and smoke venting through the roof. Larry Shapiro photo

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The fire travels to the D Sector of the roof. Larry Shapiro photo

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Palatine Rural Tanker 36 drafts from a portable tank as the fire burns through a fresh section of the roof. Larry Shapiro photo

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A view of the rear showing hand lines and heavy fire in the attic. Larry Shapiro photo

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A firefighter dumps water from the Nunda tender. Larry Shapiro photo


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Fire burns through the roof over the garage. Larry Shapiro photo

The fire eventually ran the full length of the attic and burned the entire roof off the large home before the fire was struck out.

Nunda Rural FPD tanker

The Nunda tanker fills a portable tank for Barrington Engine 1. Larry Shapiro photo

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A view from the A-D corner after the fire was struck out. Larry Shapiro photo

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The rear of the house after the fire has been knocked down. Larry Shapiro photo


Larry Shapiro has a large gallery of images. A video will follow.


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