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No injuries after fire at abandoned McHenry building

McHENRY – No injuries were reported Monday after a structure fire at an abandoned building, according to the McHenry Township Fire Protection District.

Calls started coming in at 10:47 a.m. of a structure fire at 5406 Hillside Drive in McHenry, Battalion Chief Mike Majercik said. Upon arrival, responders found a building fully involved with flames. Majercik said the fire was under control in about 15 minutes.

Majercik said the overgrown lawn and boarded-up facade suggested the building was abandoned, which was later confirmed by neighbors. No occupants were discovered, and no injuries were reported, Majercik said.

There was no power or gas going into the building.

"The only question now is what started it," he said.

The incident is under investigation by the McHenry Township Fire Protection District.

– Allison Goodrich

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