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Officials probe cause of abandoned Island Lake nursing home fire

ISLAND LAKE – Officials are investigating what caused a fire at an abandoned nursing home near Island Lake.

The Wauconda Fire District responded at 11:37 p.m. Monday to the 27000 block of Beech Street near Island Lake for a report of possible flames in a wooded area, according to a news release.

Police said a structure was on fire in the area shortly before fire crews arrived.

Firefighters saw “heavy fire” through the roof of a large, one-story vacant building. The building previously housed Sheltering Oak, a nursing home that closed in 2012. Crews were unable to enter the building because of the flames, the release said.

The fire was under control about 2 a.m., but firefighters at the scene searched for hidden fire until about 4 a.m. Tuesday.

The fire remains under investigation by fire district investigators, and the cause has yet to be determined, according to a news release. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Wauconda was assisted by Countryside, Wonder Lake, McHenry Township, Barrington Countryside, Long Grove, Fox Lake, Grayslake and Algonquin-Lake in the Hills fire protection districts; Round Lake, Lake Zurich and Crystal Lake fire departments; and the Woodstock Fire/Rescue District.

Assistance also was provided by the Island Lake Police Department; Island Lake Public Works Department; Lake County Sheriff’s Office; Lake County Planning, Building and Development Department; and the MESS Canteen.

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