Extra Alarm House Fire on Mark Drive Near Yates Lane, Mount Prospect

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Extra alarm house fire on Mark Drive just west of Wolf Road and north of Rand Road in Mount Prospect. YouTube Tips ⓘ

Police, firefighters and paramedics from Mount Prospect responded about 11:23 p.m. Saturday, August 7, 2021 to a report of a house fire in the block of 1500 Mark Drive in Mount Prospect. The call for help reported smoke coming from the garage and a possible fire from a boiler. The caller also reported there were cats on the second floor. Initially no injuries were reported, but outcome for the cats was not initially reported.

Firefighters responding to the fire that approached on Thayer Street noticed smoke hanging in the neighborhood. Wind was from the south about 8-10 MPH and significant smoke was already crossing Thayer Street from the 2-story house on Mark Drive. On arrival firefighters discovered smoke coming from the roof soffits and roof gables.

The fire department response was upgraded to a working fire response by 11:33 p.m.

Firefighters possibly entered from the rear of the house first. When they entered the basement, they discovered a fire in the basement. Firefighters eventually entered the front of the house at the front door, and via the attached 2-car garage after cutting through a garage door.

Fire showed from the chimney over the center of the house by about 11:37 p.m. and firefighters in the basement retreated for safety concerns of worsening fire conditions. A few minutes later the fire was showing from a large opening in the roof created by the fire around the chimney.

Firefighters used at least three hand lines and an elevated master stream from Tower 13. Two hand lines were used from the exterior near the front door to knock back the fire showing from the chimney and roof. The other hand line was used first in the basement during an interior attack — after firefighters entered from the rear of the house. Firefighters also dragged a hose line into the garage and may have entered the basement with that line.

An extra alarm MABAS Division 1 Box Alarm #1401 was activated by 12:21 a.m.

Firefighters, paramedics and command officers from Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Township, Elk Grove Village, Glenview, Hoffman Estates, North Maine*, Northbrook, Palatine, Palatine Rural, Schaumburg, and Wheeling were assigned to the scene of the house fire.

Firefighters and paramedics from Des Plaines and Prospect Heights automatically respond “first due” to reports of house fires in this neighborhood.

Firefighters and paramedics and Arlington Heights and Rolling Meadows were assigned to standby in Mount Prospect fire stations on the working fire upgrade.

North Maine firefighters may have responded to the scene on the working fire assignment before the Box Alarm.

The MABAS Box Alarm was struck out by 12:47 a.m. Sunday, August 8, 2021.

Damage to the home was significant.


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


House fire on Mark Drive in Mount Prospect with fire through the roof
House fire on Mark Drive in Mount Prospect with fire through the roof.
House fire on Mark Drive in Mount Prospect with fire through the roof after chimney collapse.
House fire on Mark Drive in Mount Prospect with fire through the roof after chimney collapse.

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