My wife and I are sitting on the patio in front of a friend’s home on the Fox River Independence Day night.
It was after the area fireworks had died down.
Suddenly fire engine sirens started blaring.
They died down.
Then another set came near.
There may have even been a third set.
We knew the little fire in the pit at our feet wasn’t the reason, but hadn’t a clue where the nearby emergency was.
Now comes the information below from the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District. It turns out it was right down the river at Haegers Bend.
Abandoned Trailer Fire
On July 4, 2011 at 10:31 p.m. the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection was dispatched for a reported garage fire at 9716 Arthur Road in Algonquin.
Dispatch was notified by a neighbor who noticed the flames.
The garage where the fire was reported was detached from the house.
First arriving crews were on the scene at 10:40 p.m. and found a pile of construction materials that were smoldering.
Neighbors had extinguished most of the fire with garden hoses.
Fire crews operated hose lines to put a foam and water mixture on the materials to make sure that the fire was doused.
The fire was quickly extinguished and crews remained on the scene until 11:06 p.m. making sure the fire was completely out.
Investigators on the scene determined the cause of the fire to be from lighting fireworks off from the materials. A damage amount is not yet available.
No civilian or fire department injuries were reported
The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District received assistance from Carpentersville and Fox River Grove.
The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District would like to take this opportunity to remind people that they should leave the fireworks displays to the professionals.