No injuries in Wonder Lake fire, but home left uninhabitable

Firefighters controlled blaze within 10 minutes, quelling fears flames would spread on warm day

A fire ignited about 11 a.m. Wednesday in the 7600 block of Lucy Drive in Wonder Lake, with flames partially involving a home’s attic and its east-facing side before emergency crews contained the blaze.

No injuries were reported in the incident, but the home was left uninhabitable, Wonder Lake Fire Protection District Chief Mike Weber said. The attic was damaged, requiring repairs to tresses in the roofing, and smoke damage occurred throughout the interior.

The fire was under control within less than 10 minutes from the time fire crews arrived on the scene, Weber said.

“The crews did a very aggressive job, and they knocked it down. We thought it was going to be much worse than what it was, with the heat and everything,” Weber said.

Temperatures had reached into the 80s by mid-morning Wednesday.

The fire was not considered suspicious in its immediate aftermath, but officials still were investigating its cause and searching for hot spots within the home to prevent flames from returning, Weber said.

Sam Lounsberry

Sam Lounsberry covers local government, business, K-12 education and all other aspects of life in McHenry County, in particular in the communities of Woodstock, McHenry, Richmond, Spring Grove, Wonder Lake and Johnsburg.