Three Dogs Die in House Fire on LaSalle St Near Chestnut Ave, Arlington Heights

Arlington Heights police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 10:15 PM Wednesday to a report of a house fire on Lasalle Street just east of the intersection of Chestnut Avenue and LaSalle Street Arlington Heights, IL. Police and firefighter/paramedics received a report of a basement fire, but actually the basement was not burning. Police arrived by 10:18 p.m. and reported smoke showing and then reported the back of the house was fully involved with fire.

Engine 4's crew arrived by 10:20 p.m. and reported with fully-involved fire at the back of the house with fire also showing in the garage with the garage door open.

Neighbors reported embers were falling on the roof of a neighboring home, but there was no fire at the house nearby.

Firefighters immediately pulled a 2 1/2-inch line to the back of the house

A second line was requested by 10:27 p.m. Firefighters knocked the bulk of the fire down by 10:31 p.m. but were still attacking flames inside from defensive positions in the backyard.

The fire moved up to the attic but firefighters were able to stop it from breaking through the roof except for a small area near a chimney.

A line was also brought to the garage, and later a master stream was flowing from Tower Ladder 1. There were the fire was fought with three hand lines and an elevated master stream.

Firefighters reported no fire visible at the outside rear by 10:35 p.m. and no fire visible in the basement. There spot fires still burning in the inside of the home.

Firefighters that were interior reported no fire in the entryway, but observed charring from floor to ceiling. There was also charring in the attic.

Visible flames were observed near the chimney and charring was also observed on the roof from the firefighters on the roof. Firefighters on Tower Ladder one also ventilated the roof and knocked down the chimney at the peak of the roof while attempting to access a void space at about 11:00 p.m. Firefighters at the rear were warned of the possible collapse of the chimney onto the ground in the backyard. Firefighters were able to stop the fire at this point from breaking through the roof. Tower 1's crew cleared the overhead hazard by knocking the chimney to the ground with their master stream after firefighters on the ground moved to a safe position.

The time for fire under control was not initially available.

No injuries were initially reported by residents or firefighters. However, unfortunately three dogs perished in the fire.

The fire is under investigation.

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