Fire Breaks Through Roof at House Fire on Mt Prospect Rd, Des Plaines

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Police and firefighter/paramedics from Des Plaines responded about 1:55 p.m. Monday, September 26, 2021 to a report of a house fire in the block of 500 South Mount Prospect Road in Des Plaines.

Initially no injuries were reported at the scene.

A fire officer was on the scene within a minute and reported that his primary search of the first and second floor indicated that the house was clear, and that everyone was out of the house. The on-scene report also indicated that fire was showing through the roof.




Squad 63’s crew was first on the scene with fire apparatus by about 1:57 p.m., and reported they were out with a line.

Fire dispatch upgraded the incident to a “Confirmed Fire” by 1:58 p.m. Engine 62’s crew on arrival requested police shut down Mount Prospect Road between Thacker Street and Golf Road.

Firefighters initially assessed that they were fighting a bathroom fire on the second floor with water on the fire by 2:04 p.m.

The fire was declared under control by 2:11 p.m. with three lines on the fire in a split level home. Fire was also reported in the attic and possibly in the basement. The fire burned through the roof of the second floor.




According to the National Weather Service observations at O’Hare International Airport at 1:51 p.m. were reported at Winds NW 17 MPH gusting to 24 MPH. Air temperature was 62°F with a Relative Humidity of 48%. The Barometric Pressure was 29.88 (in Hg) with a trend for the day of pressure rising. Weather conditions may have helped supply the fire with air and oxygen so that the fire rapidly progressed from a compartment fire (interior fire) to a well-fueled fire that vented itself through the roof. A neighbor said the fire progressed very rapidly from no smoke showing to fire showing through the roof.

Firefighters from Elk Grove Township, Mount Prospect, Niles, and Prospect Heights were assigned to the scene for mutual aid of Des Plaines Fire Department. Elk Grove Township’s engine was replaced by a Wheeling fire engine.

An Arlington Heights engine and ambulance crew, and a Glenview ambulance crew were assigned to stand by in Des Plaines fire stations.

A neighbor who witnessed the fire department working at the fire was highly complimentary of the speed of their response and the efficiency of their work to extinguish the fire.

Mount Prospect Road was re-opened in both directions at about 3:15 p.m.

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

The fire is under investigation. Blue tarps were on the roof days before the house fire occurred, but it was initially unknown whether any conditions related to the need for the blue tarps were related to the fire.




Fire through the roof at house fire on Mount Prospect Road south of Golf Road
Fire through the roof at house fire on Mount Prospect Road south of Golf Road.
Fire showing at the peak of the roof at a house fire on Mount Prospect Road in Des Plaines, Monday, September 26, 2022 (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt)
Fire showing at the peak of the roof at a house fire on Mount Prospect Road in Des Plaines, Monday, September 26, 2022 (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt).
Fire showing at the peak of the roof at a house fire on Mount Prospect Road in Des Plaines, Monday, September 26, 2022 (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt)
Fire showing at the peak of the roof at a house fire on Mount Prospect Road in Des Plaines, Monday, September 26, 2022 (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt).

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Fire scene at a house fire on Mount Prospect Road in Des Plaines, Monday, September 26, 2022 (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt)
Fire scene at a house fire on Mount Prospect Road in Des Plaines, Monday, September 26, 2022 (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt).
Fire scene at a house fire on Mount Prospect Road in Des Plaines, Monday, September 26, 2022 (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt)
Fire scene at a house fire on Mount Prospect Road in Des Plaines, Monday, September 26, 2022 (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt).
Fire scene at a house fire on Mount Prospect Road in Des Plaines, Monday, September 26, 2022 (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt)
Fire scene at a house fire on Mount Prospect Road in Des Plaines, Monday, September 26, 2022 (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt).
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