Police, firefighters, and paramedics from Cary responded about 10:53 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2022 to a report of a house fire with smoke and flames showing and a dog still inside the home in the block of 9400 3rd Avenue in Cary.
McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies arrived first on the the scene and reported the house was fully-engulfed.
Cary Fire Battalion 2 on arrival reported a one-story ranch home that was fully-involved with fire. The home had fire showing from two sides and smoke showing from four sides.
Firefighters set up a porta-tank operation for water supply at Klasen Road and 3rd Avenue. There were no fire hydrants in the neighborhood.
The Cary Fire Department was assisted by auto-aid companies from Barrington Fire Department and Barrington-Countryside Fire Protection District. A Nunda Rural Fire Protection District tender (tanker) was also assigned to the scene.
Firefighters were hampered by arcing lines that delayed firefighters’ access to the entire house around 11:13 p.m. However, the fire was declared knocked by exterior attack by about 11:14 p.m., and firefighters were able to force entry into south side of the house by 11:14 p.m.
ComEd was requested to respond to the scene as soon as possible, and Nicor was also called to the scene. ComEd was unable to establish a remote disconnect, and responded directly to the scene.
ComEd cut power to the fire-involved house by about 11:53 p.m. and then worked on restoration of a transformer to restore power to the neighborhood.
There were two homes exposed to the fire — one on the south side of the fire scene and one on the north side of the fire scene. Both adjacent homes were less than 20 feet from the fire-involved home, but Cary firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to either of the adjacent homes. Any possible fire damage to the exterior of adjacent homes was not initially reported. The fire-involved house and the adjacent homes were located near the end of a dead-end street.
When the scene was secured and while Cary firefighters were still working at the scene, firefighters from Barrington and Barrington-Countryside were assigned to a Cary fire station to provide station coverage for Village of Cary.
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