Mulch Fire Extends to Fence and Landscaping Between Mariano’s and Cassidy Tire on Northwest Highway


VIDEO: Firefighters extinguished an apparent mulch fire that ignited a fence, bushes and/or small trees (Use settings, gear graphic, for HD quality).

Arlington Heights police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 3:44 p.m. Monday to a report of a fence and a tree on fire between Mariano’s Fresh Market and Cassidy Tire and Service in the 700-800 block of East Northwest Highway. The flames and smoke were fanned in the direction of the rear loading dock of Mariano’s Fresh Market, but the fire was extinguished before the rear loading dock was affected at Mariano’s.

Firefighters extinguished the fire with water carried on Engine 2. The fire destroyed at least two sections of fence, several bushes and/or small trees, and the ground wire to a utility pole nearby. The utility pole was also scorched.

Com Ed was called to the scene to inspect and/or repair the ground wire to the utility pole.

High winds and dry conditions affected the area. There were numerous mulch fires and small grass fires in the northwest suburbs Monday, including Elk Grove Village on Arthur Avenue, Schaumburg in at least three locations, and Inverness in the 1400 block of MacAlpin Drive. Winds Monday afternoon ranging from 20-25 mph yesterday, gusting 29-37 mph.

A National Weather Service Red Flag Warning, which warns of risks of outdoor fires and wildfires, was not in effect when the fire occurred.

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