Authorities are still investigating the cause of a house fire Monday in the 1500 block of Chickamauga Lane in Long Grove, which sent one firefighter to the hospital with a shoulder injury.
Heavy smoke was billowing from the front door, the first floor windows and eaves, and from small cracks in the mortar on the lower level of the brick, raised ranch home when firefighters arrived at about 9:30 a.m., according to a news release from the Long Grove Fire Protection District.
The homeowner was sitting on the front stoop when firefighters arrived and advised them that she discovered fire coming out of the circuit breaker box in the lower level utility room, authorities said. The fire spread horizontally to the adjoining storage area, then vertically up a pipe chase into the master bedroom's bathroom, the release said.
Firefighters extinguished the fire in about 15 minutes, using roughly 1,500 gallons of water. The homeowner was evaluated by paramedics for smoke exposure and signed a medical release. There was no one else inside the house.
A firefighter from a neighboring community responding to the call was treated by paramedics and transported to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights for a minor shoulder injuries. He was treated and released, officials said.
The extent of damage to the structure and contents is still being evaluated.
Firefighters from Buffalo Grove, Countryside, Lake Zurich, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, Palatine, Palatine Rural, and Prospect Heights fire departments initially assisted, as well as deputies from the Lake County Sheriff's Department. Additional equipment was requested for manpower, which came from Arlington Heights, Lake Forest and Wheeling fire departments.