Local

Official: Fire contained to Barrington Hills house; no injuries

Several area fire agencies battle a fire Sunday at 1 Algonquin Road in Barrington Hills.
Several area fire agencies battle a fire Sunday at 1 Algonquin Road in Barrington Hills.

BARRINGTON HILLS – A Barrington Hills family was displaced Sunday and a number of their pets missing after a fire started in their home that required numerous fire departments to fight.

The Fox River Grove Fire Department requested aid around 6 p.m. for a residential fire near 1 Algonquin Road, between Hillview Drive and Hilltop Lane. As of 9:30 p.m., firefighters were still battling the blaze within the home, while around 15 area fire departments were on scene providing help.

No one was harmed in the fire, said Barrington Hills Police Sgt. Todd Borck. The family was away when the fire started. A woman, who was in the house and knew the family, escaped unharmed, Borck said.

The brick home was still standing but damaged. The fire had destroyed at least the roof, Borck and firefighters on the scene said.

Neighbors and firefighters said the house was large and rested on multiple acres. A gated driveway led to the house, which was hidden by a line of trees along Algonquin Road.

The numerous neighbors, who had lined Algonquin Road on Sunday to watch the firefighters, said the family trained between 20 to 30 dogs for competitive dog shows. Firefighters had rescued at least nine of them, but others were unaccounted for.

David Davis, who lives along Hillview Drive, made a 911 call after seeing dense, black smoke coming from the house. Black smoke could be seen billowing from the location as far as Crystal Lake.

Davis helped the woman inside the home rescue some of the dogs.

“As soon as I called, we started walking and we saw through the trees the flames and I just bolted,” Davis said. “That’s when she was on the driveway opening up the gate.”

Numerous fire departments also were dumping water near the scene because there were no fire hydrants in the vicinity. Firefighters said that roughly 80,000 gallons of water were used.

Fox River Grove Fire Chief Robert Kreher was on scene, leading firefighters. He was unavailable for comment Sunday evening because firefighters were still working on extinguishing the fire.

Fire departments from Cary, Algonquin-Lake in the Hills, Huntley and Wauconda were among the 15 departments that assisted Fox River Grove.

Loading more

Digital Access

Digital Access
Access nwherald.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, weekend and Sunday packages.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Stay connected to us wherever you are! Get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Plan your weekend and catch up on the news with our newsletters.