Authorities believe Christmas decorations started the Kildeer house fire

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The blaze that destroyed a Kildeer home and killed two of the family’s pets on Wednesday night is attributed to decorations on an artificial Christmas tree, firefighters said.

The two-storey house, located in the Ponds of Kildeer housing estate, was rendered uninhabitable by the fire, Lake Zurich fire chief David Pilgard said on Thursday.

A fire believed to have been started by Christmas decorations gutted a house on Wednesday night in the 21400 block of Meadowlark Lane in Kildeer.
– Brian Hill | Personal photographer

The fire was reported by a neighbor shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Firefighters arrived on the scene five minutes later, Pilgard said. The fire had already spread to both floors of the house and the flames were licking the roof.

“Fire was heavily involved,” Pilgard said.

He said the family had evacuated the home by the time crews arrived, but two pets perished.



Cleanup has begun at a house rendered uninhabitable after a fire on Wednesday evening on the 21400 block of Meadowlark Lane in Kildeer.

Cleanup has begun at a house rendered uninhabitable after a fire on Wednesday evening on the 21400 block of Meadowlark Lane in Kildeer.
– Brian Hill | Personal photographer


        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

Pilgard said firefighters attacked the flames with six hoses and at the height of the fighting crews were using more than 2,000 gallons of water per minute.

The subdivision has no fire hydrants, so water had to be brought to the scene in tanker trucks and pumped from two local ponds, Pilgard said.

“It was a very extensive operation,” Pilgard said, adding that his crews were assisted by at least 15 other fire departments.

Pilgard said it took firefighters 45 minutes to bring the blaze under control and crews left the scene around 10 p.m.

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