Condo Unit Fire on North Hicks Rd Across from Midtown Athletic Club, Palatine

Palatine police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 5:06 p.m. Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the and was called for a report of smoke coming out of a second floor storage room at 1905 N. Hicks Road in Palatine. The first Palatine Fire Department crews arrived on the scene at 5:09 p.m. and reported light smoke showing from the second story of the two story, 8-unit, condominium building. The first fire companies investigated the source of the smoke and found a fire in the outside storage room of unit 207. Further investigation revealed that the fire had extended into the storage room of unit 107.


Palatine firefighters at Condo Fire during Overhaul on North Hicks Rd, Palatine.

Firefighters had to open walls and ceilings to expose the fire and were able to put it out with a water fire extinguisher. The fire was declared under control at 5:24 p.m.

Firefighters continued to ventilate smoke and gases and perform salvage and overhaul activities for some time after that.
No civilians or firefighters were injured in the fire, which caused minor damage to two units and left one untenable. Damage estimates were not available at the time of this release, and the fire remains under investigation by Palatine Fire Department investigators.

The fire was fought by 22 firefighters, staffing three engines, two ladder trucks, one rescue squad and three ambulances which responded to the scene along with 2 command officers and two Fire Investigators. A unit from the Arlington Heights Fire Department was 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 reminds everyone to have working smoke detectors in their homes, whether a single-family dwelling, an apartment or a condo. Have an escape plan, practice it, and be prepared to use it in the event of any fire.

REPORT FROM FIRE COMMUNICATIONS …

Report of smoke coming out of balcony storage room of a second floor apartment following a power outage and a popping noise.

E82 crew on arrival reports a light haze showing from the second floor.

Engine 82 leading out to the first floor.

Fire on the first floor — upgrading to a Working Fire response by 5:14 p.m.

Opening a wall to look for fire by about 5:18 p.m.

E81 reports charring on a first floor storage room with fire out.

Fire out by 5:24 p.m.

FIRE/MEDIC UNITS ASSIGNED

ENGINE(S): E81 E82

TRUCK(S): QUINT83 TL85

SQUAD(S): SQD85

RIT: BC ?? T ??

CHIEF(S): BC8

EMS: A82 A83

CODE 4 AT 02:14 PM

ENGINE(S): E84

TRUCK(S):

SQUAD(S):

EMS: A84

CHIEF(S):

CHANGE OF QUARTERS: