Lake County Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters and paramedics from Gurnee responded just before 10:30 a.m. Sunday, January 22, 2023 to a report of a house fire in the block of 36700 North Kimberwick Lane in Wadsworth.
Crews on arrival discovered fire on the east side of a large home in the Hunt Club Farms northeast section on Kimberwick Lane east of Fox Hill Drive. The house is located on a property in an executive equestrian community without fire hydrants. A MABAS Division Box Alarm #13-38 to the Box Alarm level for “tenders only” (water tankers) was activated about 10:45 a.m. The tenders or tankers were used to shuttle water and provide a continuous firefighting water supply into the neighborhood located just north of Gurnee Mills.
The residents of the house were not home when the fire occurred.
MABAS Box #13-38 was upgraded to a full box alarm to the 3rd alarm level at 10:56 a.m.
MABAS Box #13-38 was upgraded to a full box alarm to the 5th alarm level at 11:19 a.m.
Firefighters, paramedics and command officers from Buffalo Grove, Countryside, Deerfield, Fox Lake, Grayslake, Highland Park, Lake Bluff, Libertyville, Long Grove, McHenry, Mundelein, North Chicago, Northbrook, Newport, Paris (Wisconsin), Round Lake, Salem Lakes (Wisconsin), Skokie, Somers (Wisconsin), Spring Grove, Twin Lakes (Wisconsin), Wauconda, and Waukegan responded for mutual aid.
The Box Alarms were struck out at 12:18 p.m., but firefighters on the scene kept working with salvage and overhaul operations.
Initially, the cause of the fire was not available.
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