Man Dies, Dog Rescued in House Fire on Sussex Lane Near Lee Drive, Crystal Lake

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Crystal Lake police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 4:04 p.m. Monday October 29, 2018 when a Crystal Lake Park District police officer in the area discovered a home on fire at 635 Sussex Lane in Crystal Lake. Firefighters on arrival reported a fire on the south side of the house, and immediately worked to extinguish the fire and search the home for fire victims. Firefighters found a male victim inside the house near the front door, and immediately removed him from the house and began Advanced Life Support treatment. The man was transported to Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Also, two police officers were treated at the scene for minor smoke inhalation.

A dog was found alive in the home, and was transported to a local animal hospital and is expected to recover.

The house was declared uninhabitable, and fire and police investigators were dispatched to the scene. Investigators from the Crystal Lake Fire Department, Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District, Illinois State Fire Marshal and Crystal Lake Police Department were on the scene Monday afternoon and evening.

Damage to the house was estimated at about $80,000.

Firefighters from McHenry Township FPD were assigned RIT (Rapid Intervention Team), standing by at the scene. Algonquin-Lake in the Hills FPD also responded to the scene with a chief and a ladder truck. Firefighters from McHenry Township and Cary were assigned change of quarters in Crystal Lake while Crystal Lake firefighters were assigned to the house fire on the southwest side of Crystal Lake.



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