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Structure Fire - 540 Devonshire (UPDATED)

Post Date:07/18/2019 1:32 PM

Crystal Lake, IL – (Updated) At 3:02 am, the Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department responded to the report of a structure fire at 540 Devonshire Lane.  At 3:08 am, the first arriving Crystal Lake Fire Rescue unit reported a two-story, multi-family, apartment style building with fire visible on the roof. Police and fire personnel immediately began to evacuate the residents while other crews worked to put water on the fire. Two residents were removed from their residences via ladders with the assistance of firefighters. Firefighters were also able to remove some pets and reunite them with their owners as well. There we no injuries to any of the residents and one minor injury to a firefighter. A third alarm was requested through the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) with 21 local agencies assisting.

The fire was first noticed on the roof and quickly spread the entire length of the building through the attic. Fire crews set up multiple ladder trucks to get water onto the roof and attic. The building has been deemed uninhabitable due to fire and water damage. Smoke detectors were activated in the individual residences but the building did not have an automatic fire alarm system. The American Red Cross and building management were on the scene working with the displaced residents to provide shelter. There were 19 units affected by the fire with approximately 21 residents displaced. 

The fire was declared under control at 5:20 am. The cause of the fire is deemed accidental in nature. Investigators believe an unattended candle on a balcony may be attributed to the cause of the fire. The building has been turned over to the property management company. Initial damage is estimated at $3.5 million.

Date: July 17, 2019
Time: 2:15 pm
Contact: Christopher Olsen, Deputy Fire Chief
Phone: (815) 356-3640
Department: Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department  

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