Lightning Strike Suspected in House Fire on River Oaks Circle East in Buffalo Grove

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Police, firefighters and paramedics from Buffalo Grove responded about 4:40 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2022 to a report of a house fire in the block of 0 to 99 River Oaks Circle East in Buffalo Grove.

Intense storms were in the area of Lake County and the northwest suburbs in Cook County with rain, high winds and lightning. Buffalo Grove police arrived first and reported the roof as “on fire.” Residents evacuated the home before firefighters arrived.

On arrival, fire companies encountered fire showing from the roof of the 2-story home. The fire department response was upgraded to a working fire response at about 4:49 p.m. Firefighters aggressively entered the home and worked to extinguish the fire that was burning in the attic, according to the Village of Buffalo Grove. The fire was quickly brought under control, with the assistance of several neighboring fire departments.

Firefighters reported the primary search was complete and negative about 4:52 a.m.

No injuries were reported, but the home is currently uninhabitable, and the family living there was displaced, according to the Village of Buffalo Grove.

Firefighters, paramedics, and/or command officers from Arlington Heights, Countryside FPD, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, Long Grove, and Prospect Heights were assigned to the scene.

Firefighters, paramedics, and/or command officers from Glenview, Mount Prospect, Park Ridge, and Wauconda were assigned to stand by at Buffalo Grove fire stations.

While lightning is suspected as the cause of ignition, the fire incident remains under investigation. Frequent lightning had been visible since around midnight Friday/Saturday, but the storms moved very slowly while developing in the northwest suburbs, including Buffalo Grove and Arlington Heights.

The Buffalo Grove Fire Department press release identified the fire scene street address name as River Oaks Court East.

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