Fire damages apartment complex
NEWS-SUN STAFF REPORT September 1, 2013 3:33PM
Firefighters battle a blaze at the McKinley Gardens apartments in Mundelein that left three families homeless. | FRANK ABDERHOLDEN~SUN-TIMES MEDIA
Updated: October 3, 2013 6:22AM
A box alarm fire Sunday in Mundelein displaced three families and knocked out power to a dozen other apartments at McKinley Gardens, which also suffered a power outage Friday when the storms raced through the area.
The Mundelein Fire Department received the call at 9:18 a.m. Sunday and heavy smoke was showing when they arrived on the scene, said Battalion Chief Matt Sarey. He said they called a box alarm to help man their station quarters, and firefighters from Countryside and Libertyville responded to the scene.
“Everyone was out of the apartments when we got here,” said Sarey. He said the cause of the fire is still undetermined, but does not appear suspicious. The three apartments were the corner apartments at the 608 entrance at the corner of McKinley and Prospect Avenues. The basement apartment had heavy damage. The family from that apartment did not want to give their name, but through an interpreter, they said she smelled smoke and then the alarms went off and all three of them got out safely. The older apartment complex does not have a sprinkler system.
Sarey said they treated a pregnant woman as a precaution and two other people at the scene for minor smoke inhalation. “We were able to knock it down pretty quick,” he said, although there was smoke and water damage to the apartments across the hall. The fire was knocked down in the first five minutes and contained completely within a half hour. Prospect Avenue was blocked for a little over two hours.
He said Red Cross was to provide housing for those displaced by the blaze.
He said the same apartment complex had been hit with a power outage after the storm Friday and they checked with ComEd and their spokesman said there were no problems with their lines going into the complex.