Extra Alarm Fire at Automotive Shop on Route 83 Near Grass Lake Rd, Lake Villa

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Route 83 and Grass Lake Road Traffic Cam (SOURCE: Lake County Passage)
Route 83 and Grass Lake Road Traffic Cam (SOURCE: Lake County PASSAGE).

Lake Villa police and firefighter and paramedics from Antioch Fire Department responded about 3:10 a.m. Wednesday, January 26, 2021 to a report of fire at Mr. J’s Motors at 1671 North Milwaukee Avenue in Antioch. A 9-1-1 caller claiming to be the owner said there was a fire at the business, and said he was inside the business. The 9-1-1 operator advised him to evacuate. According to Google map info there are two businesses at the building address — MMS Auto Body & Collision and Mr. J’s Motors.

Initially there were no known injuries.




Police were first on the scene and reported smoke showing. Antioch Engine 213’s crew, first on the scene by 3:15 a.m., reported smoke showing and requested a MABAS Box Alarm. Engine 213 reported a single-story automotive shop with heavy smoke and fire showing.

A MABAS Division 4 Box Alarm #21-C2 was activated about 3:16 am.

Firefighters, paramedics and/or command officers from Bristol (Wisconsin), McHenry, Fox Lake, Grayslake, Lake Villa, Newport, Twin Lakes (Wisconsin) in tenders were assigned to the scene.

Firefighters, paramedics and/or command officers from Beach Park, Grayslake, Pleasant Prairie and Waukegan were assigned Change of Quarters to stand by in Antioch fire stations.

Fire scene at Milwaukee Avenue just south of Grass Lake Road in Lake Villa (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt)
Tenders carrying water at the fire scene at Milwaukee Avenue just south of Grass Lake Road in Lake Villa (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt).
Fire scene at Milwaukee Avenue just south of Grass Lake Road in Lake Villa (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt)
Twin Lake Fire Rescue at the fire scene at Milwaukee Avenue just south of Grass Lake Road in Lake Villa (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt).
Fire scene at Milwaukee Avenue just south of Grass Lake Road in Lake Villa (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt)
Antioch Fire at fire scene at Milwaukee Avenue just south of Grass Lake Road in Lake Villa (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt).
Round Lake at the fire scene at Milwaukee Avenue just south of Grass Lake Road in Lake Villa (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt)
Round Lake at the fire scene at Milwaukee Avenue just south of Grass Lake Road in Lake Villa (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt).




A second alarm was activated for tenders at 3:29 a.m. and firefighters, paramedics and/or command officers from Richmond and Wauconda were assigned to the scene.

By 3:31 a.m. a second alarm was activated to a full alarm. Firefighters, paramedics and/or command officers from Gurnee, Randall (Wisconsin), Richmond, Round Lake, Spring Grove, and Wauconda were assigned to the scene.

The extra alarm was activated to a third alarm level around 3:49 a.m.

The extra alarm was activated to a fifth alarm level around 4:32 a.m.




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

Route 83 and Grass Lake Road Traffic Cam (SOURCE: Lake County Passage)
Route 83 and Grass Lake Road Traffic Cam (SOURCE: Lake County PASSAGE).

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“Lake Villa Fire Department District and Lake Villa Police Department are on scene with a structure fire at the 1600 block of N Milwaukee Ave. Please avoid the intersection of Rt 83/Grass Lake Rd and take an alternate route. We will advise when the intersection is open.”

— Lake Villa Police Department (Facebook)

The intersection of Milwaukee Avenue (Route 83) and Grass Lake Road was closed, and both Milwaukee Avenue (Route 83) and Grass Lake Road are closed in the area.

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