CRYSTAL LAKE – The Crystal Lake Fire Department outlined the damage that a fire caused to five homes in an unincorporated area near Crystal Lake.
The flames reduced the home where the blaze started, at 3217 Carrington Drive, to charred remains. Embers carried by the wind spread the fire to neighboring houses. When crews had extinguished the blaze, five homes in total were damaged.
In the midst of Wednesday’s chaotic scene, made worse by a ruptured gas line and a lack of hydrants in the area, neighbors were seen spraying their homes with water to prevent them from catching fire. Two 13-year-old boys, whose parents did not want them to be identified, reportedly alerted Prairie Ridge High School senior Courtney Lefevre that her house was on fire.
Three firefighters were treated at an area hospital for heat-related injuries and then released. There were no other injuries.
In addition to the Lefevres’ home, one at 3222 Carrington Drive was left uninhabitable after it had fire damage to its cedar shake roof, which extended into the attic. The interior of the house sustained smoke and water damage.
Homes at 3306 and 3216 Carrington Drive had damage to their cedar shake roofs and some interior smoke damage, but were livable; and 3217 E. Terra Cotta Ave. had minor damage to its rear deck and siding.
Officials from the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department are investigating what caused the fire.
Cause, origin and damage estimates were unavailable.
• Reporter Jim Dallke contributed to this report.