When Fox Lake Fire Protection District firefighters arrived at a log cabin-style home in the Stanton Point subdivision in Ingleside on Thursday night, the front of the structure was in flames, according to Fire Chief Ron Hoehne.
“The fire was just rolling when we got there,” he said of the residence at 36758 N. Lake Street. “The whole front of the log cabin was engulfed in flames when we pulled up.”
While raising the alarm level to bring more trucks because the subdivision does not have hydrants, firefighters located the homeowners, who were able to escape unharmed. But then the residents said their two dogs were still in the basement.
“The crews did a tremendous job getting that fire out quickly and saving those dogs,” Hoehne said. “I wasn’t sure if we were going to get inside because of the flames.”
Hoehne added that department has special oxygen masks for both dogs and cats, and firefighters have used the masks successfully on both in the past.
“We’re thankful no one was hurt and we were able to get the dogs,” he said, adding that both of the canines were breathing when handed off to family friends.
According to the chief, family friends brought the dogs to the Grayslake Animal Hospital, and both were recovering Friday afternoon.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation by fire and sheriff investigators, “but by all appearances, there is no indication of arson,” Hoehne said.
The home had enough damage that the county deemed it uninhabitable and red-tagged it. The Red Cross helps families find temporary housing if they don’t have any relatives or friends in the area or no insurance. The family was making arrangements, Hoehne said.
Departments that responded to the second alarm included Antioch, Lake Villa, Wauconda, Round Lake area, Newport Township and McHenry.
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