Crystal Lake police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 3:02 AM Wednesday July 17, 2019 to a report of an apartment fire at 540 Devonshire Crystal Lake, Il. Police and firefighter/paramedics arrived to find heavy fire in the attic involving more than one-quarter of the length of the roof in a 19-unit, 2-story brick apartment building. The first firefighters arrived on the scene by 3:06 a.m.
There were no ladder rescues, and no people were reported trapped during the fire.
Extra-alarm fire breaks out at Crystal Lake apartment building: https://t.co/jsc6cvtVhP pic.twitter.com/KE4LBuPZiH
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) July 17, 2019
A MABAS Division 5 Box Alarm on Box #5-341 for an apartment fire was activated at about 3:10 a.m., and the firefighting operations were elevated to a 3rd Alarm at 3:22 a.m. A large amount of fire was still burning at 4:00 a.m. and several tower ladder trucks were streaming water onto the building fire.
All residents were reported evacuated and no injuries were initially reported.
The Real Life Church of the Nazarene across the street from the apartment building opened the church to shelter residents that were evacuated overnight.
Firefighters initially suspect that the fire originated in the attic or a second floor apartment unit.
The extra alarm fire was struck out at 5:21 a.m. Aerial video from ABC 7 Chicago Wednesday morning in daylight showed that over 75 percent of the roof was burned throughout the apartment building.
Crystal Lake firefighters were assisted at the scene by firefighters from Algonquin, Barrington, Cary, East Dundee, Fox River Grove, Huntley, Lake Zurich, McHenry, Nunda, Spring Grove, Wauconda, Wonder Lake, and Woodstock.
Firefighters from Carpentersville, Barrington, Marengo, and West Dundee were standby in Crystal Lake fire stations in case of additional emergencies in Crystal Lake.
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A massive fire ripped through an apartment complex in Crystal Lake early Wednesday morning. The entire building has been deemed uninhabitable due to the extensive damage. Video on @CapturedNews pic.twitter.com/itagvDOl8L
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