BARRINGTON HILLS – Three dogs are unaccounted for after a Barrington Hills house fire Sunday night that could be seen as far away as Wisconsin, according to the Fox River Grove Fire Protection District.
Crews were called to a large home in the first block of Algonquin Road at around 6 p.m. Sunday for a structure fire, according to a news release. Firefighters arrived to find smoke and fire coming from the roof of the home.
Mutual aid was called on from 30 area departments mostly to transport water to the blaze due to a lack of fire hydrants in that area, the news release states. The fire was under control by around 9 p.m.
It appeared to start in the first or second floor of the home, but does not appear to be suspicious in nature, said Jim Kreher, deputy fire chief in Fox River Grove. A few people in the basement of the home were unaware of the fire, but were safely evacuated.
Other residents of the home were away when the fire started.
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 20 to 30 dogs for competitive dog shows.
Firefighters accounted for all but three of the dogs, which appeared to be trapped inside the home during the blaze.
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 Lake Geneva, Wis.
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.”
Firefighters said that roughly 80,000 gallons of water was used.
Damage to the home is estimated at around $3 million.
The investigation is ongoing.