Three Doberman show dogs are believed to have died in a Barrington Hills house fire Sunday night, a Fox River Grove Fire Protection District spokesman said.
Firefighters rescued more than a dozen other Dobermans from the home, where they were kept in "beautiful cages," Deputy Fire Chief Jim Kreher said.
No humans were injured as most of the home's residents were away at a dog show with a couple of their nearly 20 dogs, he said.
"We're glad nobody got hurt," Kreher said, adding no firefighters were injured in the rescue.
It took firefighters about three hours to get the fire under control. A mutual aid call was put out with 30 area fire departments assisting to transport water to the rural area where hydrants are not available.
The woman who owns the home on the 0-100 block of Algonquin Road was in the house when the fire started and got out safely before firefighters arrived, he said.
Authorities are investigating the cause, but the home has been deemed uninhabitable.
"Nothing looks suspicious," Kreher said.
Damage to the three-story house is estimated at roughly $2.5 million.