Fast Fire Displaces 30 Families at Willow Brooke Apartments, Woodstock — Near US 14 & IL-47


Woodstock firefighter/paramedics responded about 3:16 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017 to a call from a resident that thought he saw a fire on a balcony at Willow Brooke Apartments. The correct address was discovered to be 2105 Willow Brook Drive.

Initially no automatic fire alarm was activated.

Police were first on the scene and reported some smoke showing. Seconds later police reported seeing flames, and then fire through the roof. Police worked quickly to evacuate residents, and helped at least one person off of a balcony before firefighters arrived. A resident was also reported rescued after he called 9-1-1 to ask for help because he was trapped as his apartment filled with smoke.

Woodstock’s fire Battalion Chief requested a MABAS Box Alarm while responding, and upon hearing the perilous report from the police.

Chief 400 on arrival reported two porches well-involved, and assigned Engine 432’s crew to hit the fire with their deck gun.

The MABAS Division 5 Box Alarm on Box #5-30 for an apartment fire was requested about 3:18 a.m. A Second Alarm Level was requested at about 4:03 a.m.

Fire command at about 4:18 a.m. summarized the fire as involving an apartment building with 12 units. Firefighters were working with multiple hand lines and two ladder trucks, with their main aerials raised, were working to fight active fire still ongoing.

Willow Brook Apartments Fire WoodstockPHOTO CREDIT: Al Berthold. Intense fire showing at the back of the apartment building before firefighters reached the back of the building. Berthold’s family was displaced and used his photo for their GoFundMe Page


ENGINE(S): E432 E433 Huntley E942

TRUCK(S): T481

SQUAD(S): SQD ?? Cary?

RIT: BC ?? T ??

CHIEF(S): BC ?? 400 401

EMS: A451 A452


ENGINE(S): Crystal Lake Fire Rescue, Marengo FPD

TRUCK(S): McHenry Township FPD
McHenry Township FPD

SQUAD(S): Spring Grove FPD

EMS: Harvard FPD

CHIEF(S): McHenry Township FPD

SPECIAL: Richmond Township FPD Chief and Richmond Township FPD RIT, MESS Canteen

CHANGE OF QUARTERS: Union FPD Engine, Nunda Rural FPD EMS, Spring Grove FPD Chief

STAGING: Willow Brooke and Route 47


Algonquin-Lake in the Hills FPD

TRUCK(S): Wauconda Fire District

SQUAD(S): Fox Lake Fire Department


EMS: Marengo FPD, Rutland-Dundee Township FPD, Barrington Countryside FPD

CHIEF(S): Harvard FPD

SPECIAL: Rehab South


2105 Willow Brooke Drive, Woodstock, IL

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