Fire Tears Through Sheridan Road Roof
North Shore firefighters battle blaze Monday night.
Highland Park firefighters worked with firefighters from throughout the North Shore Monday night to put out a blaze at 1414 Sheridan Road.
According to neighbor Peter Wolf, the fire started at around 6:45 p.m., in a third story home theater room.The only person in the house was the housekeeper.
When the homeowner and his son pulled into the driveway and noticed heavy smoke coming from the roof, they called 911, according to Highland Park’s Fire Chief Patrick Tanner.
The first alarm was rung at approximately 7:45 p.m., with a second alarm calling out to area departments just minutes later.
“It started on an upper floor – the third floor or the attic,” Tanner said. “With neighbors’ homes on either side so close to this one, the support helped to control this more quickly.”
Fire crews from Highland Park, Highwood, Glencoe, Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Knollwood, Deerfield-Bannockburn, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, Northbrook, Wheeling, Winnetka, Northfield, Prospect Heights, Morton Grove and Des Plaines were all on scene. A number of departments sent chiefs to help coordinate firefighting strategy and tactics. The fire was finally put out just before 9 p.m.
The departments fought the fire from inside on all floors as well as from outside, above the tree canopy via ladder trucks and on top of ground-based extension ladders. Firefighters used axes and chainsaws when necessary, and special tarpaulins to cover valuables inside the house.
“We do as much as we can to protect the homeowner’s valuables,” said Morton Grove District Chief Frank Rodgers.
Teams began rolling hoses and heading back to their villages at about 9:30 p.m.
“Just from the amount of fire you could see, they did a good job of making a stop,” Tanner said.
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