Lake Bluff police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 2:35 AM Tuesday April 3, 2018 to a report of a roof on fire at a large house, 400 Arbor Drive Lake Bluff, Il.
Police on arrival reported that everyone is out of the house by 2:36 a.m. Police on scene confirmed that the home’s only occupant — a visiting family member — was safely out of the home. Within moments of the officer’s arrival the entire second story of the home was fully engulfed in flames.
Lake Bluff fire officer 4502 on arrival and first on the scene reported a fully-involved roof fire on a large multi-story residential by 2:39 a.m.
Engine 4517’s crew was assigned to back in the driveway and lay hose from Sheridan Rd. by 2:42 a.m.
Command reported that fire companies going defensive mode by 2:42 a.m. Knollwood Fire Department (Rockland Fire Protection District), was second on the scene and started fire suppression from the exterior of the home.
A MABAS Box Alarm was requested by 2:43 AM. Lake Bluff firefighters were assisted by the City of Lake Forest, Village of Libertyville, Village of Gurnee, Countryside Fire Protection District, Great Lakes Fire Department, Mundelein Fire Department, Zion Fire Department, Waukegan Fire Department, Long Grove Fire Protection District, and the Grayslake Fire Protection District. Additionally, the City of Highland Park, Village of Glenview, and the Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District were on scene.
The fire destroyed the large 2-story home located only three or four lots from the Lake Michigan shoreline. There are no fire hydrants installed in the immediate neighborhood, but it is unknown if fire hydrants would have made a difference, considering the severity of the fire upon arrival of firefighters.
“Unfortunately, this fire progressed so rapidly it will be a total loss, despite the quick response and great efforts of all of these departments.”
— Lake Bluff Fire Chief David Graf
The origin and cause investigation of the fire is underway.
FIRE/MEDIC UNITS ASSIGNED …
ENGINE(S): E4519 E4517 4516 E44
TRUCK(S): High Tower 411 T44 Ladder 44
SQUAD(S): SQD?? Rescue 44 Rescue 4520
RIT: BC ?? T ??
CHIEF(S): BC ?? 4500 4502 4503 4600 4100 Newport Fire Chief
EMS: A ?? A ?? Lake Forest A421
MABAS Division 3 Box Alarm on Box #4502 for a structure fire (house fire).
BOX UNITS ASSIGNED …
ENGINE(S): Gurnee Fire Department
Mundelein Fire Department
TRUCK(S): Glenview Fire Department
SQUAD(S): Waukegan Fire Department
TENDER(S): Newport Township FPD,
Round Lake FPD, Beach Park Fire Department
EMS: Zion Fire-Rescue Department
CHIEF(S): Highland Park Fire Department
Long Grove FPD
SPECIAL: Investigators from Libertyville, Lake Forest, Countryside, Mundelein
CHANGE OF QUARTERS: Northfield Engine, Buffalo Grove Ambulance
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