Round Lake, IL – Sprinkler system activated for fire at industrial building; No injuries reported

A second-alarm fire early Tuesday morning at an industrial building in Round Lake took firefighters about two hours to extinguish and caused over $150,000 in damage.

The Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District responded at 12:29 a.m. Tuesday to Northern Insulation, Inc., 702 Magna Drive in Round Lake, for an automatic fire alarm activation.

Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Anthony Carraro said that emergency crews arrived and found smoke coming from the building.

The automatic sprinkler system was also activated, indicating a working structure fire, Carraro said.

Northern Insulation, Inc. specializes in insulating various types of construction for residential and commercial buildings, according to their website.

The call was upgraded and firefighters from the Round Lake, Fox Lake, Grayslake and Wauconda fire departments responded.

The Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) was then activated to the second alarm level, bringing an additional 13 fire departments to the scene, Carraro said.

Firefighters deployed multiple hose lines to extinguish the fire. Seven sprinkler heads helped to keep the fire under control.

Carraro said the fire involved industrial chemicals stored inside a box truck in the building.

Firefighters also utilized a propeller-driven airboat to help ventilate the building of smoke.

The fire was declared under control around 2 a.m. and fire crews stayed on scene until 5:30 a.m.

The business was closed and unoccupied at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported, Carraro said.

Carraro credited the business’s sprinkler and fire alarm systems which kept the fire under control until firefighters could extinguish it.

Damage is estimated at over $150,000. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

A total of eight fire engines, three ladder trucks, four ambulances, six command officers and four fire investigators responded to the scene, Carraro added.

The Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District was assisted by the Fox Lake, Grayslake, Wauconda, Countryside, Gurnee, Spring Grove, Mundelein, Newport Township, Lake Villa, Salem, Libertyville, Richmond and Antioch fire departments.