Palatine police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 9:41 AM Saturday to a report of a garage fire at 656 South Warren Avenue in Palatine.. The first Platine Fire Department crews arrived on the scene at 9:47 a.m. and reported heavy smoke coming form the 1.5-story, 2.5-car detached garage. The first fire companies pulled a hose line and began an aggressive fire attack, while other firefighters stretched a supply line to a fire hydrant and pulled an additional hose line to support the attack.
Additional firefighters forced entry through the overhead garage door to expose the fire, while other crews accessed the attic and roof to vent smoke, heat and fire gases; and to attack the fire that had extended into the attic space of the garage.
The fire was declared under control at 9:57 a.m. Firefighters continued to perform extensive salvage and overhaul activities for a substantial amount of time because of a large amount of storage in the garage.
No civilians or firefigthers were injured in the fire, which heavily damaged the garage. Damage estimates were not immediately available, and the fire remains under investigation by Palatine Fire Department investigators.
The fire was fought by 22 firefighters, staffing three fire engines, two ladder trucks, one rescue squad and three ambulances, which responded to the scene along with three command officers. Units form the Arlington Heights Fire Department were among the initial responders to the scene as part of an automatic aid agreement. During the incident, a unit from the Long Grove Fire Department stood by in a Palatine fire station to provide coverage for any additional calls. Palatine Police officers assisted at the scene with traffic and crowd control.
The Palatine Fire Department issued a reminder that fires can and do occur in garages, sheds and other outbuildings. Be aware of materials that are stored there, and be especially careful with storage of any flammable or combustible liquids.
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