ISLAND LAKE – A road flare started a fire in Island Lake on Thursday that heavily damaged a tow truck, according to the Island Lake Police Department.
Authorities were called to Xalapa Service near Sharp Auto Body in the 200 block of West State Road at around 11 p.m. Thursday for a report of a vehicle on fire, according to a news release. Crews arrived to find the cab of a tow truck on fire.
Officers later found a burning road flare inside the vehicle, police said. The damage was estimated at between $15,000 and $20,000.
The Sharp Towing truck was parked in the Xalapa Service parking lot at the time of the incident.
Investigators from the Wauconda Fire District have deemed the incident arson, the news release states.
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about the fire can call the Island Lake Police Department at 847-526-2100.
— Lawerence Synett