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updated: 7/25/2012 1:44 PM

Barn fires in McHenry County under investigation

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  • Multiple fire departments respond to a barn fire in Elburn in May.

      Multiple fire departments respond to a barn fire in Elburn in May.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer


McHenry County Sheriff investigators are looking for help from the public to solve a slew of barn fires that ignited in the past couple of weeks.

Sheriff Keith Nygren announced Wednesday an active investigation has been opened regarding multiple fires in the rural McHenry County area.

They said since May 29, there have been six fires in rural Woodstock, Marengo and Harvard involving hay barns, along with other fires that were deemed suspicious in McHenry, Kane and Boone counties.

The McHenry County Sheriff's Office is working in conjunction with neighboring county, local police and fire departments and the state fire marshal to figure out if the fires are related.

To date, they said, a fire in the 22500 block of River Road in Marengo on July 23 at 11:25 a.m. is suspicious in nature.

In addition, officers are investigating fires in the 1100 Block of North Queen Anne Road in Woodstock on May 29 at 7:26 p.m., in the 11100 Block of Payne Road in Marengo on June 5 at 1:32 p.m., in the 18400 block of Lincoln Road in Harvard on June 28 at 3:10 p.m., in the 13900 block of Harmony Road in Marengo on June 29 at 10:36 p.m. and in the 1390 block of Pleasant Valley Road in Woodstock on July 10 at 10:06 p.m.

The McHenry County Sheriff's Department wants to make sure that the rural farming community is aware of this information, and always encourage suspicious activities to be reported immediately.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation should contact the McHenry County Crime Stoppers tip line at (800) 762-STOP (7867), the McHenry County Sheriff's Office tip line at (815) 338-2144, or the tip line email address at

Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of offenders.

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