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Barn Fire Near Route 83 Blocked Traffic

A barn on a heavily wooded lot caught fire Turesday night in Grayslake.

A structural fire in Grayslake May 22 generated such extensive smoke that a portion of Route 83 was closed down for a few hours.

Grayslake Fire Department Battalion Chief Joris Lillge said that the location of the burning pole barn made it more difficult to battle.

"Our crews had difficulty getting access to the barn because it was in the rear of the wooded property," Lillge said. 

He said the call came in at 5:17 p.m. Tuesday night with reports of heavy smoke and burning near Route 83 and Ivanhoe Road in Grayslake.

"Due to the lack of access, we used MABAS (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System) to get assistance from other departments," Lillge said. The was assisted by personnel from Gurnee, Round Lake, Antioch and Fox Lake Fire Departments.

The call finished at 7:38 p.m., Lillge said. One firefighter suffered a minor injury that was treated at the scene. No other injuries were reported. The pole barn had been mainly used for equipment storage so there were no animals involved.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Lillge said it appears to be accidental. The property owner was home at the time of the fire, and had been burning brush which may have contributed to the fire but the investigation is still ongoing, Lillge said. The total damage estimate is approximately $50,000.

Patrick May 23, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Is it still illegal in Grayslake to burn waste? If I'm not mistaken -fires can only be used as "entertainment" and contain firewood only... Just curious!
Bob Brown May 24, 2012 at 09:37 AM
This was far outside the village limits
Patrick May 24, 2012 at 12:26 PM
That wasn't my question- I'm simply curious as to if you are allowed to burn brush in grayslake- I know I used to several years ago until a neighbor told me they though it had been banned... Waste Management was thankful for that!
Bob Miaples May 24, 2012 at 05:44 PM
No, the Village has an ordinance against it. Outside the village you can but it has strict guidelines that must be met.

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