Libertyville blaze destroys condo units

  • Fire engulfs a condo building and vehicle on the 300 block of Brainerd Avenue in Libertyville Wednesday afternoon. Three pets were killed in the blaze.

    Fire engulfs a condo building and vehicle on the 300 block of Brainerd Avenue in Libertyville Wednesday afternoon. Three pets were killed in the blaze. Courtesy of Vincent Pierri

  • Fire engulfs a condo building and vehicle on the 300 block of Brainerd Avenue in Libertyville Wednesday afternoon.

    Fire engulfs a condo building and vehicle on the 300 block of Brainerd Avenue in Libertyville Wednesday afternoon. Courtesy of Vincent Pierri

  • Libertyville firefighters try to extinguish a fire Wednesday on the 300 block of Brainerd Avenue. Firefighters continued to battle the blaze past 5 p.m.

      Libertyville firefighters try to extinguish a fire Wednesday on the 300 block of Brainerd Avenue. Firefighters continued to battle the blaze past 5 p.m. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Firefighters work to extinguish a fire on the 300 block of Brainerd Avenue about 4 p.m. Wednesday in Libertyville. Fire destroyed much of the two-unit building

      Firefighters work to extinguish a fire on the 300 block of Brainerd Avenue about 4 p.m. Wednesday in Libertyville. Fire destroyed much of the two-unit building Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Grayslake firefighters work to vent the roof of a condo building on the 300 block of Brainerd Avenue in Libertyville on Wednesday afternoon.

      Grayslake firefighters work to vent the roof of a condo building on the 300 block of Brainerd Avenue in Libertyville on Wednesday afternoon. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 6/9/2011 12:03 PM

A Libertyville boy was able to escape a roaring fire Wednesday that destroyed two attached condo units, but three of the family's pets were killed in the blaze, according to fire officials.

Seven area fire departments assisted Libertyville firefighters at the two-unit residence on the 300 block of Brainerd Avenue after fire responders found the building engulfed in flames.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

A young boy was the only one inside when the fire started about 3:50 p.m. but was able to escape unharmed, said Libertyville Fire Department Assistant Chief Brian Conner.

Fire officials said the two-story building was at a total loss, but a damage estimate was not available Wednesday.

It took firefighters just under an hour to bring the blaze under control, but by the time the flames were extinguished a family's dog, cat and bird had all died, Conner said.

The Red Cross was at the scene early Wednesday evening helping the affected families find temporary housing.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Wednesday night, Conner said.

Six area fire departments assisted in covering vacated Libertyville fire stations.