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.