East Dundee Lumber Yard Fire

Arlington Heights Fire Department Engine 2 parked northbound on N. River Street in East Dundee with a water stream from a fire tower truck in the background.

A major fire is burning in East Dundee at the Dundee Lumber Company at 311 Barrington Avenue [MAP/SAT]. The mutual aid fire response reached a 5th level Box Alarm at about 12:22 a.m. The fire alarm originated at about 10:40 p.m. Wednesday night.

Fire departments are drafting water from the Fox River and working to stop the spread of the fire from the lumberyard to other buildings. Weather is a factor as there are wind gusts over 30 mph with a steady south wind at about 23 mph. Buildings north of the fire building along 4th Street and Van Buren Street are at risk of exposure to blowing embers and the start of new fires. Firefighters are working to control remote ignition to other exposed buildings.


Fire video shows tower operations and deck gun ops going after hot spots immediately after fire was declared under control.

Fire scene report before the fire was under control. The time is probably about the time of the 4-Alarm response because you can hear a firefighter referring to ‘the fourth’ — sounds like he is checking in (from rachqatsi).

Elburn fire engine stands by to protect the rest of East Dundee in the 3rd Street firehouse only a few blocks from the fire.

Fire departments from Algonquin, Arlington Heights, Barrington, Buffalo Grove, Carpentersville, Cary, Crystal Lake, Des Plaines, Elburn, Elgin, Hanover Park, Huntley, Nunda Township, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Roselle, Schaumburg, South Elgin, St. Charles, and West Dundee and more assisted the East Dundee Fire Department.