McHENRY – A barn about two-thirds full of hay on Draper Road caught fire Thursday night and was destroyed, according to the McHenry Township Fire Protection District.
Firefighters responded around 7:10 p.m. to Shamrock Beef Cattle Farm at 533 Draper Road and found flames and smoke coming out of the barn, according to a news release. More than 600 bales of hay were being stored inside the building.
The roof of the barn collapsed and made it unstable for entry, McHenry Township Fire Protection Chief Tony Huemann said. Preliminary reports indicate that the cause of the blaze was accidental.
The fire department also used equipment to move the hay bales away from the fire, Huemann said. To get water to the scene, firefighters had to extend lines to hydrants in the Legend Lakes subdivision across the street.
The fire was under control in about eight hours, the news release states.
Personnel from Crystal Lake, Wauconda, Woodstock, Fox Lake, Wonder Lake, Cary, Spring Grove, Richmond, Antioch, Algonquin-Lake in the Hills, Fox River Grove, Nunda Rural, Grayslake and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency responded to the scene.
No one was injured during the incident, and the structure itself sustained heavy damage with all the contents inside destroyed.
The fire is under investigation.
— JOSEPH BUSTOS AND LAWERENCE SYNETT