Extra Alarm Fire at Former “Just for Fun” Roller Rink Building, McHenry

Extra alarm fire at the former "Just for Fun" Roller Rink on Front Street in McHenry (Joe Schuman/CapturedNews)
Extra alarm fire at the former “Just for Fun” Roller Rink on Front Street in McHenry (Joe Schuman/CapturedNews).

Police, firefighters, and paramedics from McHenry responded about 10:28 p.m. Thursday, May 27, 2021 to a report of a fire at “Just for Fun” Roller Rink at 914 North Front Street in McHenry.




The first crew on arrival reported heavy fire showing from the front, left corner of the building on the second floor of an abandoned roller rink. McHenry Engine 41 was operating their deck gun on the fire. Fire command reported that the firefighting operations are defensive only.

Fire command described the fire as a wind-driven fire. The National Weather Service observations at the Greater Rockford Airport reported Northeast Winds 20 MPH gusting to 29 MPH.

The roof collapsed at the commercial building fire by 11:00 p.m. and multiple deck guns and multiple hand lines were operating. Large pieces of burning debris were reported landing in the block of 3000 Kane Avenue.

Multiple hand lines and a deck gun were operating to extinguish the fire by 10:48 p.m.

A MABAS Division 5 Box Alarm #5-1241 was activated at about 10:37 p.m. for a fire involved in a 2-story commercial building 100 feet by 170 feet.

A Second Alarm was activated at 10:44 p.m. and a Third Alarm was activated at 10:54 p.m.

The cause of the fire may have a suspicious origin.

Route 31 is shut down in both directions north of Kane Avenue and south of Elm Street in McHenry.




The owner announced in July 2020 that the roller skating rink at 914 N. Front Street would be closing in the fall. Another location in Mundelein is still operating.

Just for Fun Roller Rink, 914 North Front Street in McHenry (Image Capture August 2019)
Just for Fun Roller Rink, 914 North Front Street in McHenry (Image Capture August 2019).

The information in this article is an early report published before any summary information was confirmed or released by police or fire authorities.

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