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Fire displaces residents at Crystal Lake condominium complex

Published: Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 1:52 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 7:07 a.m. CDT
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(H. Rick Bamman - hbamman@shawmedia.com)
A firefighter carries a hose to a hydrant as crews battle a fire at the Randall Village Condominium complex at 1637 Carlemont Drive in Crystal Lake.

CRYSTAL LAKE – The residents of five apartments were displaced following a fire Monday afternoon at a condominium complex, officials said.

The Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department responded at 1:22 p.m. to an activated fire alarm at 1623 Carlemont Drive, a two-story building that houses four units and is connected to a second four-unit building, according to a news release.

Flames reaching 20 to 25 feet were coming out of the second floor of the building, said Jim Rainbolt, president of the Randall Village Condominium Association.

He had arrived about five minutes after the alarm had gone off, he said, adding that the fire developed pretty quickly.

Randall Village is made up of 21 residential buildings, each housing six to eight apartments, Rainbolt said.

The fire department was able to bring the fire under control in 45 minutes and prevent it from spreading to other buildings, the release said.

The fire damage was mostly contained to the unit where the fire started and the roof that covers that unit, Battalion Chief William Whyte said. There was water and smoke damage to the other units.

The residents of all four units in 1623 Carlemont Drive and of one unit in adjoined 1627 Carlemont Drive have been displaced, Rainbolt said.

The initial damage estimate has been placed at $350,000, the release said. There were no injuries. The cause of the fire is still being investigated, Whyte said.

The Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department was assisted by the Crystal Lake building and public works departments as well as fire departments from Algonquin, Huntley, McHenry, Nunda Township, Cary, Woodstock, Lakewood, East Dundee, Carpentersville, Fox River Grove, Barrington and Marengo, the release said.

The Red Cross and Salvation Army also assisted.

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