Authorities think Christmas decorations sparked Kildeer house fire

Blaze gutted Kildeer home, killed 2 pets

  • A fire Wednesday night left a home on the 21400 block of Meadowlark Lane in Kildeer uninhabitable.

      A fire Wednesday night left a home on the 21400 block of Meadowlark Lane in Kildeer uninhabitable. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • The Lake Zurich Fire Department and at least 15 other agencies battled the blaze that rendered a Kildeer home on the 21400 block of Meadowlark Lane uninhabitable Wednesday evening.

      The Lake Zurich Fire Department and at least 15 other agencies battled the blaze that rendered a Kildeer home on the 21400 block of Meadowlark Lane uninhabitable Wednesday evening. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 12/3/2021 11:03 AM

The fire that destroyed a Kildeer home and killed two of the family's pets Wednesday evening is being attributed to decorations on an artificial Christmas tree, fire officials said.

The two-story home, located in the Ponds of Kildeer subdivision, was rendered uninhabitable by the blaze, Lake Zurich Fire Chief David Pilgard said Thursday.

 
A fire believed to have been started by Christmas decorations gutted a home Wednesday evening on the 21400 block of Meadowlark Lane in Kildeer.
  A fire believed to have been started by Christmas decorations gutted a home Wednesday evening on the 21400 block of Meadowlark Lane in Kildeer. - Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

The fire was reported by a neighbor just after 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Firefighters arrived on the scene five minutes later, Pilgard said. The fire had already spread to both floors of the home, and the flames were lapping the roof.

"The fire was heavily involved," Pilgard said.

He said the family had evacuated the home by the time crews arrived, but two pets perished.

Clean-up has begun at a home rendered uninhabitable after a Wednesday evening fire on the 21400 block of Meadowlark Lane in Kildeer.
  Clean-up has begun at a home rendered uninhabitable after a Wednesday evening fire on the 21400 block of Meadowlark Lane in Kildeer. - Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
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Pilgard said firefighters attacked the flames with six hoses, and at the peak of the fight crews were using more than 2,000 gallons of water per minute.

The subdivision does not have fire hydrants, so water had to be brought to the scene in tanker trucks and pumped in from two local ponds, Pilgard said.

"It was a very extensive operation," Pilgard said, adding that his crews were assisted by at least 15 other fire departments.

Pilgard said it took firefighters 45 minutes to bring the fire under control, and crews had left the scene by about 10 p.m.

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