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Wind-fueled fire causes more than $500,000 in damage to McHenry home, leaving it uninhabitable

Fire crews needed additional water on scene because no hydrants were in the neighborhood

A fire fueled by high winds rendered a two-story McHenry home in the 6700 block of Burning Tree Circle uninhabitable Saturday night, causing more than $500,000 in estimated damage, a news release from the McHenry Township Fire Protection District said.

All occupants of the home were able to exit before the arrival of firefighters on the scene, and no injuries were reported, according to the release.

Firefighters worked for more than an hour to control the fire, according to the release, because of the high winds. Fire crews remained on scene for several hours investigating the cause of the fire, which still is being determined.

A box alarm was activated to the second level to provide additional water to the scene, according to the release, because the neighborhood did not have fire hydrants.

The box alarm was upgraded to a third alarm, according to the release, meaning additional assistance was requested.

McHenry Township Fire Protection District received firefighting personnel and water on the scene, as well as help answering seven additional calls for service during the fire, from 18 other agencies, according to the release.

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