One Hurt in Townhouse Fire After Fire Performance Entertainers Practice Goes Awry in Volo

Lake County Sheriff’s deputies and firefighter/paramedics from Fox Lake responded about 7:08 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, 2020 to a report of a fire and an explosion at a townhouse in the block of 100 Terra Vista Court in Volo. Two people were initially reported injured at the fire scene involving a 4-unit 2-story townhouse.

Preliminary investigation discovered residents at the townhouse are fire performers, and were rehearsing in an attached garage of the 4-unit townhouse building. An accident happened during a practice session, and the fire tools used by the performer or performers were dropped. Additional fire was created when the tool used by the performer ignited nearby accelerants, which were being stored in the area. The resulting fire spread quickly, and an adult female was injured, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The adult female was transported to Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital (NIMC) in McHenry with burn injuries that were initially believed to be non-life threatening. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office reported that no other people were injured.

An explosion was not confirmed by officials, but the flash associated with the ignition of accelerants may have been mistaken as an explosion.

The fire caused extensive damage to the townhouse building, especially near the origin. The fire spread to adjacent townhome units. There was significant charring a the garage and front of part of the townhouse building at the first floor and second floor.

A MABAS Division 4 Box Alarm (#22-3R) was activated at 7:26 p.m. Firefighters, paramedics and/or chief officers from Algonquin-Lake in the Hills, Grayslake, Countryside, Lake Villa, McHenry, Round Lake, Spring Grove, and Wauconda assisted Fox Lake Fire Department firefighters at the scene.

Firefighter/paramedics from Richmond and Salem provided change of quarters coverage at nearby stations.

A local news photographer was also battered at the scene, and Lake County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the battery. A witness at the scene reported a female adult was not happy about the photography happening at the fire scene, and brought the photographer to the ground and punched him. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office did not confirm any details about the battery, but confirmed investigation of a battery underway.




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