Arlington Heights (IL) Warehouse Total Loss After Fire

Nearly 100 firefighters from across the Northwest suburbs spent more than eight hours on Thursday battling a massive fire at a vacant Arlington Heights warehouse, which is now a total loss, reports

The fire at the former Tower Plastics Recycling Center on the 1400 block of East Davis Street was noticed by a passing driver shortly after 6 a.m. Soon after the first responders arrived, the roof on the large one-story building collapsed and flames shot 40 feet into the air.

“The roof was constructed completely of wood and that became the fuel source. It looks very impressive when that happens,” said Arlington Heights Deputy Fire Chief Pete Ahlman.

Ahlman has been with the department for 25 years and said Thursday’s blaze was the largest fire he has seen in town.

Officials raised it to a second alarm, which brought in firefighters from Des Plaines, Schaumburg, Elk Grove and other departments.

By about 9:30 a.m. the fire was largely under control, but officials were on the scene until about 2:30 p.m. extinguishing hot spots, Ahlman said.

“Something this big, we are pretty slow and methodical because we don’t want to get anyone injured or take any unnecessary chances,” he said.

No one was in the building at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

“There was no loss of life, which we are very thankful for,” said Arlington Heights Village President Tom Hayes. “I think this is another example of the great work by our fire department and the assistance we get from other communities.”

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