Firefighter suffers minor injury while battling Algonquin blaze

A firefighter was taken to the hospital for a minor injury after Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District crews responded Tuesday morning to a fire at a home under construction in Algonquin.

Crews were dispatched at 10:08 a.m. to the fire on the 500 block of Harrison Street. Those first on the scene found smoke and fire coming from the home's first floor, according to a news release from the department.

The fire appears to have started in the basement of the new construction, which backs up to the Fox River, Fire Chief John Knebl said.

The structure, Knebl said, was newly drywalled and taped, not yet sided and had “some” electrical work, posing a “real dangerous” situation for firefighters.

“Everything is still opened up and that allows for fire to (spread) to different floors,” he said.

At one point, firefighters felt a portion of the first floor feeling “spongy,” Knebl said. It eventually gave way and crashed into the English basement below. Firefighters were pulled out of the structure prior to the floor's collapse and had to reevaluate their approach.

“There is (now) a big hole in the rear of the house toward where the kitchen would be,” he said.

The cause or cost of the fire was still unknown late Tuesday.

“It is considered accidental at this time,” Knebl said.

The injured firefighter cut a finger while trying to open an entryway into the house. He was treated and released from the hospital Tuesday.

No one was working on the house at the time of the fire, which was under control within about 45 minutes.

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