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Barrington Hills fire leaves vacant house a "total loss"

A number of area fire departments responded to a structure fire in Barrington Hills that left a vacant, two-story single-family home a total loss.

No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported, Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District officials said. Deputy Chief John Knebl said the house had been vacant for quite a while and no one was living in it.

The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District was dispatched to a structure fire about 2:35 p.m. at 11365 Haegers Bend Road. The fire was declared out at 6:27 p.m., although crews remained on the scene until 7:30 p.m to investigate the fire and search for hot spots, officials said.

Because of the heavy fire conditions and the home's location in a remote area without fire hydrants, the response was upgraded to a second alarm, which calls for additional units. The fire was attacked from the exterior, and water was shuttled in with the assistance of mutual aid fire departments.

The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District was aided by the Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department, Cary Fire Protection District, Carpentersville Fire Department, McHenry Township Fire Protection District, Fox River Grove Fire Protection District, Huntley Fire Protection District, Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District, Barrington Fire Department, West Dundee Fire Department, East Dundee Fire Protection District, Rutland Dundee Fire Protection District, Nunda Fire Protection District, Elgin Fire Department, Palatine Fire Department, Lake Zurich Fire Department, Pingree Grove Fire Protection District and Marengo Fire Protection District.

The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time, and an exact estimate of damage is not yet available.

Knebl said Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District investigators and Barrington Hills p will be going to the site Saturday for further investigation and interviews.

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