Lightning suspected in Lakemoor house fire
LAKEMOOR – A single-family home caught fire Wednesday night after the roof was struck by lightning, according to the McHenry Township Fire Protection District.
Firefighters responded to the 2700 block of Bay Oak Drive around 10:30 p.m. for a report of a structure fire, according to a news release. Crews arrived and found the roof of the home fully engulfed in flames.
Crews doused the house from the outside as the flames spread rapidly toward the garage, fire Chief Tony Huemann said. Firefighters later entered the home and pulled the ceiling to extinguish the fire from the inside.
The occupants of the home exited the home before crews arrived. One resident sprained his ankle climbing down from a ladder while trying to put the fire out, Huemann said.
There were no other injuries, and the home was left uninhabitable.
The investigation is ongoing, but investigators believe the blaze started after lightning struck an antenna on the roof.
The fire was upgraded to second alarm due to a lack of fire hydrants in the area.
McHenry Township received assistance from Cary, Huntley, Round Lake, Wonder Lake, Crystal Lake, Long Grove, Spring Grove, Fox Lake, Nunda-Rural, Wauconda, Grayslake, Richmond and Woodstock.
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