A pile of burning brush may have caused a two-alarm fire Friday afternoon in an unincorporated area near Wauconda, fire officials said.
No one was home at the time of the fire, although the homeowner arrived on the scene shortly after fire crews arrived. Firefighters said the family dog was rescued.
According to the Wauconda fire district, firefighters were dispatched at 1:04 p.m. to West Milton Road. Upon arrival, crews discovered the attic of the two-story home engulfed in flames.
The fire was under control within an hour, but crews remained on the scene until 5:30 p.m., assisting in the salvage of the homeowner's belongings.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Lake Zurich, Barrington, Countryside, Long Grove, Round Lake, Fox Lake, Libertyville, Cary, Fox River Grove, Lincolnshire, Grayslake, Buffalo Grove, Algonquin, Deerfield, Crystal Lake, Lake Villa, Palatine Rural, Lake Forest, McHenry, Huntley and Carpentersville were among the departments assisting at the scene or covering the stations.