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Open burn sparks North Barrington roof fire

Published: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 9:56 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 9:58 a.m. CDT

NORTH BARRINGTON – A short roof fire sent area firefighters to a two-story, singly family home in North Barrington Tuesday afternoon.

The Lake Zurich Fire Department arrived first on scene of the residence at 10 Hidden Oaks Lane West, about 2:25 p.m. Automatic-aid crews responded from Barrington, Barrington Countryside, Buffalo Grove, Countryside, Lincolnshire, Long Grove, Wauconda and Wheeling fire departments.

Lake Zurich Fire Chief David Wheelock said the fire was doused in 10 minutes, caused by residents conducting an outside burn just off the driveway.

"The embers flew up in the wind and caused the Cedar Shake roof tiles to catch fire just above the garage," Wheelock said. "The roof was very dry."

Damage was limited to the roof, Wheelock said, adding residents called for help immediately and nothing was damaged inside.

Wheelock said open burning can be very dangerous to begin with and the wind just added to the equation.

"The further away from the house, the better," Wheelock said, "Burning should be done is some sort of contained area or near a water source, such as a garden hose.

"Never on windy days," Wheelock said.

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