Lt. Michael Douglass and his fellow Cary Fire Protection District firefighters could see plumes of thick, gray smoke rising into the cloudless sky Monday morning as they were leaving their station to respond to a structure fire 3 miles away.
It was 10:48 a.m. when the fire district arrived in the 28900 block of Rustic Court, where an RV was engulfed in flames.
The fire spread to the shed and detached garage the camper was parked outside of, officials on the scene said.
Fire engines from the Cary, Fox River Grove, Nunda Rural, Algonquin-Lake in the Hills and Barrington Countryside fire protection districts lined the narrow neighborhood streets as firefighters hosed down what was left of the garage and back shed.
Because the neighborhood is located in a rural area without fire hydrants, crews had to bring in water tankers with long hoses attached.
“It was like a water relay,” Cary Fire Protection District Capt. Andy Veath said. “It’s all of our jobs to bring all our water to the party.”
There were no injuries, as the two owners of the property had left the house about 10 a.m., Douglass said. The Cary Fire Protection District is investigating the cause of the fire. The home was unscathed, and the cost of damage still is unknown.
West Pioneer Grove Road and Rustic Court temporarily were closed because of the fire.
Despite the large number of responders, Douglass said the fire was fairly small. The fire was put out in the first 10 to 15 minutes of the district arriving, he said.
“It wasn’t anything too serious,” Douglass said. “But you never know what could happen with a structure fire.”