Incident Press Release
For Immediate Release
October 18, 2010
Contact: Battalion Chief John Greene
401 Washington Street, Algonquin, IL
On October 18, 2010 at 4:38 a.m. the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District was dispatched for a structure fire at 401 Washington Street in Algonquin.
First arriving crews were on the scene at 4:40 a.m. and found large abandoned industrial structure fully engulfed by fire. The alarm was upgraded to the second level, requesting additional resources from surrounding fire departments. At 7:05 a.m. the fire was declared under control by Algonquin command. Crews remain on the scene putting out “hot spots” and assisting with the investigation. As a result of the fire St. John’s Lutheran School cancelled classes today.
The fire was called in by numerous passing motorists. Algonquin – Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District is receiving assistance from Carpentersville, Huntley, Cary, East Dundee, West Dundee, Crystal Lake, Barrington, Nunda Rural, McHenry, Elgin, Rutland Dundee, Streamwood, Hoffman Estates and Fox River Grove. The Algonquin – Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District would also thank St. John’s Lutheran School for offering the use of their facilities during this incident and the Village of Algonquin for the police and public works assistance.
The structure, formerly known as the Toastmaster building, has been vacant for 10 years. The building is now the property of the State of Illinois and has been designated for demolition.
This is an ongoing incident. No damage estimate is available at this time. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
No civilian or fire personnel injuries or fatalities are reported.
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