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Apartment building electrical fire displaces 17

Updated: November 28, 2012 6:07AM

LONG GROVE — Seventeen people were temporarily displaced Thursday night following an electrical fire at an apartment building in an unincorporated area just south of Lake-Cook Road.

The Long Grove Fire Protection District responded about 8 p.m. to the apartment building at 4121 Bonhill Drive, Arlington Heights, and found a fire in the bank of electrical meters outside and on the rear wall of the building, Fire Chief Robert Turpel said.

All six electrical meters were damaged by the fire, which was quickly extinguished.

The building was evacuated for precautionary reasons, and fire crews discovered that the fire had caused extensive arcing in the structure’s main electrical panel in a storage room. A slight haze of smoke was noted inside the storage room, the chief said.

Because of the ongoing electrical hazard, ComEd shut off the power to the six-unit building, and the occupants were told they would not have electricity until the problem was repaired by outside contractors.

A total of 17 people were displaced and the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago provided temporary shelter for 16, Turpel said, with one person deciding to find shelter on his own.

No one was injured and the cause of the fire remained under investigation Friday. No damage estimates were available.

Fire crews from Barrington, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods and Lake Zurich assisted.

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