Firefighters with the Fox Lake Fire Department look for hot spots of a house fire at 35859 North Hunt Avenue in Ingleside. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 26, 2013 6:35AM
INGLESIDE — A box-alarm fire requiring tanker trucks from neighboring departments destroyed a one-story brick ranch house when no one was home Wednesday.
A neighbor called in the fire at around 3:44 p.m. for the corner of Maple and Hunt avenues and firefighters found the house at 35859 Hunt Ave., in unincorporated Grant Township, to be filled with smoke, Fox Lake Fire Department Chief Ron Hoehne said Thursday.
A walk around the scene by fire crews determined there was heavy fire in the basement and they attacked it through a rear door that led to the basement. Fire burned through parts of the first floor.
Cause of the fire remained undetermined Thursday, but Hoehne said it looks like it might have been electrical in nature, eminating in the basement.
Extra tankers responding to the scene because there are no hydrants in the area did cause some slippery conditions at Washington Street and Rollins Road where the pool was set up, but public works laid down salt and it was not a problem, he said.
Damage was estimated at $180,000.
Fire departments that responded included Antioch, Greater Round Lake, Lake Villa, Grayslake, Wauconda and McHenry. Spring Grove took some ambulance calls while manning the Fox Lake station during the fire.