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Fires destroy homes near Antioch, Winthrop Harbor

Updated: March 5, 2014 6:17AM



Sunday was not super for two homeowners, one in unincorporated Antioch and another in Winthrop Harbor, after fires destroyed their homes and some minor injuries were reported.

In the Antioch area fire in the 22000 block of West Lake Shore Drive, firefighters found the front of the small house fully involved in flames when they arrived on the scene at 2:20 a.m. and extra tankers were called because due to the cold and it is an area without hydrants.

The older woman who owned the home was taken to Condell Medical Center, Libertyville, as a precautionary measure, but not for burns. Her house was totally destroyed by the fire.

Extra tankers were called in to transport water. The closest hydrant was a mile and a half away. Firefighters from Lake Villa, Fox Lake, Newport and Bristol, Wis., helped during the call by either heading to the scene or by standing by at local fire stations to handle other calls.

The Winthrop Harbor Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 43465 Lynn Dale Ave., Benton Township, just after 4 p.m. and found heavy smoke outside the building and fire in the two-story residence.

The fire was located in the second floor and attic area of the home. Crews quickly knocked the fire down, saving a large portion of the home.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated, but it is not believed to be suspicious in nature. Four family members at the home were treated on the scene by paramedics for minor smoke inhalation and stress and anxiety related issues.

Weather played a role in calling for a second alarm to bring in extra crews. The temperature was 18 degrees.

Russell Road and Lynn Dale Avenue were both closed for approximately four hours. Assistance at the scene came from Zion, Beach Park, Newport, Waukegan, Gurnee, Grayslake, North Chicago, Great Lakes, Lake Villa, Antioch, Libertyville and Wisconsin fire departments from Pleasant Prairie, Bristol and Kenosha. Fire units from Fox Lake, Countryside and Lake Villa covered Winthrop Harbor’s stations.

The utilities were turned off and the family is not able to inhabit the house until repairs are made. Red Cross was notified to make sure they had shelter.



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