Friday, May 17, 2013
Fire destroyed the Ulbrich family's home and their belongings, but friends are reaching out to help.
Kim Ulbrich has done many things for her community, from volunteering at the Algonquin Lake in the Hills Food Pantry to co-founding the Lake in the Hills Parks and Recreation Department. Now, the community and her friends are doing something for Ulbrich, whose family lost their belongings and home in an April 8 fire. A unique raffle fundraiser will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 19 at Moretti’s, 220 N. Randal Road, Lake in the Hills. Moretti’s is donating pizza and appetizers. Admission is free, but raffle tickets are $20 for “arm’s length” or $40, for “wing span,” depending on how many items one wants to try to win. There will be a cash bar. The raffle prizes vary from a $200 AMC gift card for its remodeled Lake in the Hills …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Fire officials tell the Northwest Herald that most of the homes had cedar shake roofs, which can be more combustible.
While a blaze that damaged five homes on Carrington Drive in Crystal Lake last week remains under investigation, fire officials told the Northwest Herald most of the homes had cedar shake roofs, which have shingles that can be combustible, that burned. The home where the fire originated at 3217 Carrington Drive on May 1 was destroyed by the blaze and one of the homes the blaze spread to at 3222 Carrington Drive was uninhabitable. Three other homes were damaged by the fire. While cedar shake shingles are good for running water off a roof, a few years in the sun can mean the shingles "are more at risk for burning easily," Crystal Lake Deputy Chief Paul DeRaedt told the Northwest Herald. The shingles can be treated to prevent fires, DeRaedt…
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Crews were responding to early morning fire, according to the Northwest Herald.
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Saturday, May 4
A fire was reported at 4:32 a.m. at Craiger Custom Design, 2510 Route 176 in Prairie Grove, according to the Northwest Herald. The area does not have fire hydrants and the building lacked a sprinker system so several departments were called to assist. As of 7 a.m. Friday, Nunda Rural Fire Protection District crews were on scene at the fire, according to the Herald. The fire was extinguished in about an hour, and the building sustained interior and exterior damage, the story said.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Investigators were at 3217 Carrington Drive on the east side of Crystal Lake on Thursday trying to determine the cause of the house fire, which spread to four other nearby homes.
Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department has released the status of the five homes involved in the Wednesday afternoon fires on Carrington Drive. The house located at 3217 Carrington Dr., where the fire originally started at about 3:30 p.m. May 1, was characterized as a "total loss," Battalion Chief Jerry Larsen said. The house burned to the ground, and only the home's front brick facade and chimney remained standing. Authorities believe the high winds may have blown embers from 3217 Carrington to houses directly across the street, where four other houses caught fire as well. The two-story residence at 3222 Carrington Dr. sustained the worst of the damage for the neighboring houses. Fire ate through the cedar shake roofing and extended to the …
Monday, April 15, 2013
The Crystal Lake firefighters and police respond to house at 1709 Moorland Lane.
Crystal Lake Police are investigating the "suspicious circumstances" surrounding the death of a Crystal Lake man following an early Sunday morning fire at 1709 Moorland Lane. Resident Dunn Mizell, 49, was found inside the home and later pronounced dead at Centegra Hospital in Woodstock, according to McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski. An autopsy will be performed Monday morning, she said. A McHenry County Sheriff's deputy reported the suspicious circumstance at the home, and Crystal Lake Police were dispatched at 7:33 a.m. April 14, to a report of a fire at a two-story house, which backs up to Glacier Ridge Elementary School on the city's south side. Upon arrival, officers outside the home observed Mizell lying on the floor in a room …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Firefighters battling a second alarm fire at 7818 W. Hillside Road on the north side of Crystal Lake.
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Thursday, April 11
Fire officials are battling an attic fire in a home at 7818 W. Hillside Road, north of Crystal Lake, according to an emergency dispatch notice. The fire broke out at a two story home located just west of Oak Ridge Road. The dispatch was sent at 5:56 p.m. Wednesday, April 10. As of 7:30 p.m. McHenry County Sheriff's police had blocked Hillside Road to through traffic from both directions. The roadblock started just west of Oak Ridge Road and extended past the location of the house on fire. Fire trucks were still on the scene. Check back to Patch for more details.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Fire broke out at home in the 2900 block of Talaga Drive at 10 p.m. Monday.
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Tuesday, April 9
Two townhomes and two vehicles were damaged during a Monday night fire in the 2900 block of Talaga Drive, Algonquin, the Northwest Herald reports. Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District was called to the first two-story townhome at 10 p.m. April 8, the story stated. Flames had spread to the garage, roof, and two cars in the driveway. The fire also spread to the outside of the adjoining town house. No injuries were reported, the NWH reports. The owner of the neighboring unit that was damaged by the fire said she was preparing to place the townhome on the market. Just last week, she gave most of her furniture to her neice so her home was mostly empty, she said. Talaga Drive is located just south of Algonquin Road, and west of …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The industrial building is located at 640 Industrial Drive.
UPDATE: 6 p.m. The fire has been struck, according to Lt. Andy Veath, of the Cary Fire Protection District. Assisting fire crews are beginning to leave the scene. Investigation efforts likely will begin tomorrow morning, Veath said, because of nightfall and the lack of light. No further information was available regarding the condition of those injured, the cause of the fire and how much damage the building sustained after burning for nearly five hours. _________________________________ UPDATE: 4:45 p.m. The incident remains "an active fire scene," according to the Cary Fire Protection District. All assisting fire departments remain on scene. __________________________________ ORIGINAL STORY: Posted at 2:11 p.m. Firefighters are on the …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Several residents at the Woodcreek Apartments were displaced following a fire on Feb. 3. The blaze killed Allen R. Jacobs, 47.
Monday, February 25
Penny Andersen, a friend of a Huntley resident who lost everything in a blaze earlier this month, took to Facebook to try and drum up donations for her, according to the Northwest Herald. A Facebook message was shared on several profiles and has led to donations from the Huntley Goodwill store and from a local group, Take a Stand from Round Lake Beach, who raisied $800 and purchasing various household items, as well as many more donations, according to the Northwest Herald. Huntley resident Allen R. Jacobs, 47, was killed in the blaze on Feb. 3 and twelve other residents were left without a home because of the fire, the Herald reported earlier this month.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Investigators have determined that foul play is not suspected.
An elderly Lake Barrington man is dead following a fire in his town home Tuesday morning. The man has been identified as Michael Ostrinsky, 75, said Lake County Chief Deputy Coroner Orlando Portillo. The fire started inside Ostrinsky's town home at 612 Shoreline Road in Lake Barrington at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday. "He did not die from the flames; he was overtaken by smoke inhalation," Portillo said. The first arriving firefighters found smoke showing from a two-story, four-unit townhome. Bystanders said one of the occupants was trapped in the unit that was on fire, according to a Wauconda Fire Department press release. Firefighters forced entry into the residence and within minutes, found Ostrinsky and was able to get him out of the home, …