ALGONQUIN – Three fires in five days in the same Algonquin neighborhood has prompted an investigation, a fire official said.
The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District responded to separate incidents at 12:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. May 24. The fires at 370 Glenwood Court and 320 Crestwood Court, respectively, were within a block of each other.
A third fire occurred just before midnight on Wednesday, May 24 at 345 Crestwood Court. Algonquin police are working with the department on the investigation.
"To have that many incidents in that sort of time-frame, that close together, is in and of itself suspicious," Asst. Fire Chief Peter VanDorpe said.
VanDorpe compared the incidents to three robberies or vandalisms in a similar area and within a similar number of days.
"You would consider that unusual or suspicious," he said. "It's being investigated in that context."
The first of the three blazes – at 370 Glenwood Court – caused significant damage to a vacant building. The fire was the structure's third in recent years, VanDorpe said.
Crews have since demolished that building because it was ruled "open and dangerous," he said.
The second fire, on the same night, caused damage to the back deck of the home at 320 Crestwood Court, but didn't spread to the house.
The blaze at 345 Crestwood Court started on the back deck of the single-story home, at the juncture of the deck and home, VanDorpe said. It eventually spread to the house and caused an estimated $50,000 in damage.
The Illinois Fire Marshall assisted with the investigation of all three fires.
VanDorpe urged the community to be extra alert during this time.
"Report everything," he said. "Get out with your neighbors, walk around. Get more lights up.
"You can help us out by paying more attention to what's going on."