Barrington police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 1:54 AM Tuesday to a report of a house fire at 26161 West Cuba Road Barrington, Il.
The fire involved a 6,000 square foot luxury home with partial roof collapse. The house was undergoing renovation.
Firefighters believe no residents were inside the home when the fire started, and that the fire had been burning for awhile before the fire was discovered.
With little or no hydrants in the immediate area, firefighters shuttle water to the scene using water tanker trucks and portable water pools to put water on the fire.
The extra-alarm was struck out at 4:17 a.m., but firefighter continued to work through the early morning hours chasing hot spots and overhauling smoldering areas of the home.
Cuba Road was closed between Route 59 (Hough Street) and Hart Road, and remained closed with multiple fire vehicles still on scene at 5:45 a.m.
Some fire vehicles were starting to leave the scene about 5:55 a.m.
MABAS Division 4 Box Alarm on Box #3811 for a house fire.
BOX UNITS ASSIGNED …
ENGINE(S): Carpentersville, Algonquin, Fox River Grove, Barrington-Countryside E383
TRUCK(S): Palatine TL85 RIT, Barrington, Countryside Ladder Tower
SQUAD(S): Cary (unavailable) Libertyville Squad
TENDER(S): Palatine Rural Tender 36, Bartlett, Nunda Township (unavailable), Fox Lake Tender
EMS: Buffalo Grove A26
CHIEF(S): Barrington, Cary 202, Wauconda, Long Grove 5500, Lake Zurich
SPECIAL: MESS Canteen 5
CHANGE OF QUARTERS: Wheeling EMS A23, Deerfield E20, Rolling Meadows EMS A16, Streamwood Engine
2ND ALARM AT 02:28 AM
ENGINE(S): Hoffman Estates E24, West Dundee
SQUAD(S): Lincolnshire-Riverwood SQD51
TENDER(S): Crystal Lake, McHenry Tender 74, Grayslake
EMS: Mundelein A431
CHIEF(S): Carpentersville, Algonquin, Palatine Rural 700
SPECIAL: ATV 5
3RD ALARM Tenders Only AT 2:53 AM
TENDER(S): Prospect Heights Tanker 9, Rutland-Dundee, Huntley
CHANGE OF QUARTERS:
4TH ALARM AT 2:59 AM
TENDER(S): Hampshire, Woodstock, South Elgin
CHANGE OF QUARTERS:
STRUCK OUT AT 4:17 AM
IMPORTANT ALERT …
Cardinal Note: As of June 5, 2013 — up to and including the date of this article — police incidents related to the above police agency are not reported in real time or within a prompt time period. Police protecting their realm of investigation and police activity, have chosen to use secret military-grade encrypted radios to withhold their police communications, which were previously open to the public and news media via monitoring of public safety scanning radios — with no known negative results locally.
The delayed knowledge or entirely blacked out knowledge resulting from encrypted police communications may protect certain police operations and investigations, but it also puts the public at risk in situations such as when armed and dangerous offenders are at large and when other similar situations occur, such as when desperate offenders of property crimes are eluding police. In other cases, the delayed or blacked out information inhibits or prohibits the possibility of the public providing early witness accounts before a criminal trail goes cold. Citizens are much more likely to recognize or recall suspicious or criminal activity if they are aware of the criminal incident within minutes or hours of its occurrence. The most serious incident involving dire results would be a trail that is allowed to go cold in the case of child abduction.
The lack of real time information from public police dispatch also weakens an effective neighborhood watch program mostly working to prevent property loss, but also working to prevent possible violent crimes.
Lack of real time information from police dispatch also delays public awareness or eliminates public awareness of general hazards and traffic or other situations in every day living in an otherwise economically thriving community.
Police have alternate ways to transmit tactical, operational or investigative information, while still keeping their main public dispatch channels open for the best balance of public safety and police safety.
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