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Investigators pinpoint start of Midwest Motors fire

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  • Windows are boarded up Tuesday morning following Monday's fire at Midwest Motors Inc. in Lake Zurich.

       Windows are boarded up Tuesday morning following Monday's fire at Midwest Motors Inc. in Lake Zurich.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer


Electrical equipment was found to be in the area where a blaze ignited at a high-end car business in Lake Zurich, officials said Tuesday.

Firefighters were summoned to Midwest Motors Inc. about 5 p.m. Monday, where they found smoke and fire coming from the second story. Midwest Motors is west of Rand Road in the 500 block of Courtland Drive and Route 22.

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Lake Zurich Deputy Fire Chief Donald Golubski said Tuesday an exact cause has not been determined for the blaze, but investigators found it originated in a confined space with electrical equipment.

Fire Chief David Wheelock said extensive damage prevented fire investigators from identifying what precisely led to the blaze. Damage likely exceeds $100,000, he said.

"Most of the building is intact, but it's a matter of cleanup and making the building safe," Wheelock said.

Despite some neighborhood objections, the Lake Zurich village board in 2012 approved a special-use permit that allowed Midwest Motors to open in the former Capaccio Bros. Furniture space. Capaccio Bros. operated in Lake Zurich for 28 years.

Lake Zurich provided an economic incentive agreement to Midwest Motors for relocating there from Volo. Midwest Motors specializes in late-model, low-mileage luxury and exotic vehicles.

• Daily Herald staff writer Marie Wilson contributed to this report.

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