Townhouse fire with heavy brownish-black smoke, and firefighters entering the unit, and ventilating the roof (VIDEO CREDIT: Shapiro Photography/YouTubeShapphoto).
Buffalo Grove police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 5:29 PM Tuesday June 20, 2017 to a report of a smartphone activation showing a thermostat reading of 95 degrees and a smoke detector activation. The homeowner drove home and discovered smoke inside the townhouse at 685 Le Parc Circle Buffalo Grove, Il. The homeowner had attempted to save the couple’s two dogs from smoke conditions, but was unsuccessful, according to Buffalo Grove Fire Department. The two dogs died during a fire at the townhouse.
Battalion Chief 4 on arrival reported visible smoke coming from the roof by 5:34 p.m. The fire department response was immediately upgraded to a working fire response. Thick brownish-black smoke was pushing out of the roof gable vents.
Firefighters on interior attack discovered the fire had spread into the wall and roof space prior to firefighters arriving. A MABAS Box Alarm was requested about 6:02 p.m. The blaze was brought under control about an hour later.
A Barrington Countryside ambulance (A38) was moved up from Change of Quarters to the scene at 6:13 p.m.
An ambulance was requested from Lake Villa about 6:36 p.m.
ComEd was on scene by 6:36 p.m.
The fire was reported out at 6:39 p.m. Companies were working on salvage and overhaul by 6:40 p.m.
One firefighter was transported to Northwest Community Hospital — treated and released.
An ambulance was requested from Winnetka-Kenilworth by 6:42 p.m. but was returned.
The MABAS Box Alarm was struck out by 6:53 p.m. Firefighters on scene were continuing to work on overhaul and salvage.
Fire investigators believe the cause of the fire was related to an electrical problem, and that the fire could have been smoldering for an extended period of time. At least two neighbors reported to investigators they smelled smoke as early as 3:30 p.m. before the 5:29 p.m. smartphone activation. Another neighbor walked around the circumference of the townhouse unit prior to the arrival of the fire department, but did not see any smoke or other indication a fire was in the premises, according to Buffalo Grove Fire Department.
The townhouse where the fire originated and two other units in the 6-unit building were uninhabitable Tuesday night
FIRE/MEDIC UNITS ASSIGNED …
ENGINE(S): E ?? E26
TRUCK(S): Q25 Q27
RIT: BC ?? T ??
EMS: A25 A ??
CHANGE OF QUARTERS: Rolling Meadows Fire Department A15
CODE 4 AT 05:36 PM
ENGINE(S): Buffalo Grove E4 Palatine E82
SQUAD(S): Long Grove SQD55, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods SQD51
EMS: Buffalo Grove A4
BOX UNITS ASSIGNED …
MABAS Division 1 Box Alarm on Box #26 for a townhouse fire at 6:02 p.m.
ENGINE(S): Countryside FPD
Wheeling Fire Department E42
Grayslake Ladder? 373
TRUCK(S): Mundelein Fire Department,
SQUAD(S): Prospect Heights FPD, Libertyville Heavy Rescue 462
EMS: Prospect Heights FPD
CHIEF(S): Palatine Fire Department
Wheeling Fire Department
SPECIAL: MESS Canteen
CHIEF(S): 401, 400, 409, Long Grove BC55, Buffalo Grove C100, Wheeling 2400 Palatine 801
STAGING: Lexington North of Lake Cook Rd
CHANGE OF QUARTERS: Park Ridge E35,Schaumburg A52, Glenview E8
LIVE TRAFFIC MAP of neighborhood Report of a smartphone activation showing a thermostat reading of 95 degrees and a smoke detector was activated. The homeowner drove home and discovered smoke inside the townhouse. 685 Le Parc Circle Buffalo Grove, Il …
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