Man Hurt Trying to Save 2 Classic Cars, 7 Motorcycles in Garage Fire in Prospect Heights Near Arlington Hts


One hurt trying to save two classic cars, seven motorcycles in detached garage in Prospect Heights (CARDINAL NEWS). YouTube Tips ⓘ

A fire in Prospect Heights at the border with Arlington Heights east of St. Viator High School injured a man who tried to save two classic cars and seven cars from his burning detached garage Wednesday afternoon.

Police, firefighters and paramedics from Arlington Heights and Prospect Heights responded about 2:48 p.m. Wednesday, February 7, 2024 to a report of a detached garage fire near Forrest Avenue and Oakton Street in Arlington Heights, but the fire was actually on a lot in Prospect Heights between Drury Lane and Stratford Road on the north side of Oakton Street.

A passerby wasn’t sure of the address, and with limited information, the fire call was assigned to the Arlington Heights Fire Department with mutual aid assistance assigned to the Prospect Heights Fire Protection District.

Firefighters discovered a well-involved detached garage fire near the owner’s property line. The detached garage is actually closer to a neighbor’s house in the block of 1100 North Drury Lane that is located in Arlington Heights, just across the border of Arlington Heights and Prospect Heights. The lot line is also the municipal boundary between the City of Prospect Heights and the Village of Arlington Heights. There was no damage to the neighbor’s house, and there was no immediate threat to the house on Drury Lane while the fire was raging.

When the fire address in the block of 1100 North Stratford Road was determined to be a Prospect Heights municipal address (with an Arlington Heights post office address), firefighters continued to work together to extinguish the fire. Arlington Heights and Prospect Heights firefighters have a long history of assisting one another in this neighborhood, according to Prospect Heights Fire Protection District Chief Drew Smith.

Firefighters knocked down the fire in about 10 minutes, but also needed to cut the metal garage door with a K-12 power saw. Inside they found two Chevy classic cars and seven motorcycles, damaged or threatened by heat, smoke and fire. Firefighters soaked the garage and extinguished hot spots.

The fire, which began while the owner was working on one of the motorcycles, is under investigation by Prospect Heights police and fire investigators.

Police officers from Arlington Heights and Prospect Heights also assisted at the fire scene with traffic control and crowd control.


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