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Fire causes $700,000 in damage to Crystal Lake townhouses

Blaze displaces 3 residents

A three-alarm fire Wednesday afternoon fully engulfed a townhouse in the 400 block of Windham Cove in Crystal Lake causing about $700,000 in damage, according to a news release from the Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department.

The department responded to a report of a structure fire at 1:05 p.m. The townhome and two attached units on either side also were threatened by the fire.

All three units had been evacuated and there were no injuries suffered by residents or firefighters, officials said.

A request for mutual aid through the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System was activated for a second alarm response. The alarm was upgraded to a third alarm for additional personnel because of hot and humid weather conditions. Fire crews worked to minimize extension into the two adjoining townhome units, while extinguishing the main body of fire, according to the news release.

The cause of the fire, which was under control about 2:30 p.m., is under investigation.

The Crystal Lake Building Division deemed all three townhome units uninhabitable. The American Red Cross was assisting three occupants who did not have other housing available to them.

Additional fire departments and support agencies from Algonquin-Lake in the Hills, Barrington/Countryside, Carpentersville, Cary, Fox River Grove, Harvard, Huntley, Lake Zurich, Marengo, McHenry County Emergency Management Agency, McHenry, Nunda Rural, The Salvation Army, Spring Grove, Wauconda, West Dundee, Woodstock and Wonder Lake assisted during the incident.

When crews first arrived on the scene about 1:30 p.m., they blocked off streets in the subdivision, which sits north of Ackman Road and west of Randall Road.

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