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McHenry firefighters use 5 gallons of water to extinguish fire

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 6:21 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 11:41 p.m. CST

McHENRY – McHenry firefighters likely used more water in their morning showers than they did to put out a fire Wednesday.

At about 8:20 a.m., the McHenry Township Fire Protection District was dispatched to 3923 W. West Ave. for a reported structure fire. Building occupants attempted to suppress the fire in the void space area above a drop ceiling in an office in the 20,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, according to a department news release.

Emergency response units arrived on the scene within two minutes and found smoke throughout the building at the ceiling level. Crews removed the ceiling to expose the fire and suppressed it using about five gallons of water, according to the release.

While the fire was extinguished quickly, the incident caused Borden Street and West Avenue to close for about 40 minutes. The fire's cause is undetermined and remains under investigation by the department's fire investigation team.

–Northwest Herald

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