House Fire - 110 W. King Arthur Ct.
March 21, 2011
On Sunday, March 20 at 3:14 p.m., the Palatine Fire Department responded to a report of an attic fire at a home located at 110 W. King Arthur Ct. The first unit arrived on the scene less than 5 minutes later and reported smoke and flames coming from the roof of the 2-story, single-family wood frame dwelling. The first arriving engine crew stretched a 1 ¾” hose line and made a quick attack on the fire from outside the house. The second arriving engine stretched another 1 ¾” hose line into the home to the second floor. Crews opened up the ceiling to check for fire extension in the attic and completely extinguish the fire. Other crews performed salvage and overhaul operations, raised ladders and provided rapid intervention capability and emergency medical standby. The fire, which was declared under control at 3:24 p.m., caused moderate damage to the roof and attic, and minor water damage to the bedroom areas of the house. After the fire was controlled a board up service secured the exterior of the home to prevent further water damage from any subsequent rains. The house remained habitable for its occupants. Damage estimates are still being determined at the time of this release.
Crews from the Palatine Fire Department and the Palatine Rural Fire Protection District responded to this fire. A total of 23 firefighters, 1 command staff member and 1 fire investigator were on the scene, staffing 3 engines, 2 ladder trucks, 3 ambulances, a rescue squad and a command vehicle. All residents had evacuated prior to the arrival of the Fire Department. The cause of the fire was determined to be a lightning strike to the roof of the house. There were no injuries.
The Palatine Fire Departments reminds residents that storms can be dangerous in a number of ways, from lightning strikes to flash flooding high winds. A NOAA Weather Alert radio can give early warning of impending severe weather in time for you to seek shelter. We encourage residents to consider purchasing one for their homes.