Raging Fire, Captured on Aerial Video, Destroys Home on Country Ln, Highland Park Near Northbrook Court Mall


CBS Chopper 2 was over a house in Highland Park that was severely damaged or destroyed by a fire Wednesday morning, August 9, 2023 (Kris Habermehl/CBS Chicago). YouTube Tips ⓘ

Police, firefighters, and paramedics from Highland Park responded about 5:52 a.m. Wednesday, August 9, 2023 to a report of a house fire in the block of 0-99 Country Lane in Highland Park.

Fire command at the scene reported a fire involving a single-story ranch, 250×175 square feet, with fire showing out the back. The fire command report also indicated heavy fire in the attic in the rear of the building. Two hand lines used to extinguish the fire. One of the lines was a 1-3/4 inch line.

Photojournalist Derik Peters captured aerial video of the fire when the fire was raging …

The fire call was upgraded to a “Confirmed Fire” (Working Fire) by 5:59 AM. The fire was declared under control by 6:38 a.m. Two additional ambulances were assigned to the scene at about 6:48 AM. Possibly two people were assessed at the scene by paramedics. Fire command indicated two medical releases were expected these paramedic ambulance assignments.

Firefighters from Buffalo Grove, Deerfield-Bannockburn, Lake Forest, Long Grove, Northbrook, and other communities responded either to the scene or to stand by in Highland Park fire stations.

CBS Chicago’s Kris Habermehl in noted that a swimming pool at the rear of the home was empty, and noted whether that might indicate the home was empty. Photojournalist Derik Peters captured aerial video of the fire when the fire was raging.

The fire scene was located in a residential neighborhood that includes the Red Oak Elementary School and the Highland Park Community Nursery to the north. The fire scene was also located just north of Northbrook Court shopping mall north of Lake Cook Road. Traffic delays occurred on westbound Lake Cook Road, and the incident reported on Waze.


According to the National Weather Station at Waukegan Regional Airport, winds were from the West at 7 MPH at the time of the fire with Fair Skies and then Fog and Mist. Air temperature was about 65°F to 66°F during firefighting operations.

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


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