Fire alarm at McHenry apartment complex temporarily closes Route 120

Resident suffered serious burns

McHENRY – A resident at Riverside Hotel apartments was sent to the hospital with serious burns after a fire Wednesday in McHenry, officials said.

Firefighters were dispatched about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday to an activated fire alarm at the apartments, 3308 W. Elm St., according to a news release from the McHenry Township Fire Protection District.

When first responders arrived to the three-story building with apartments on the upper floors and a business below street level, they found smoke coming from the second floor fire escape exit door.

McHenry firefighters upgraded the fire’s alarm to bring in additional assistance.

The McHenry Police Department sent a Nixle alert about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday asking motorists to avoid Route 120 between Park Street and Riverside Drive in McHenry for “an undetermined amount of time.”

Police decided to shut down the road to bring in the fire crews’ equipment, McHenry Deputy Police Chief Thomas Walsh said.

After investigating, crews found a small fire in one apartment unit with a conscious but incapacitated resident on a mattress that had been on fire.

The individual remained stable after being taken to Centegra Hospital – McHenry, but he or she had suffered serious burns to the lower extremities. The resident later was sent to a regional burn unit for additional treatment.

The building’s fire alarm system alerted other residents to evacuate. McHenry fire investigators are investigating the fire’s cause, and damage was estimated at $2,500.

No one else was injured.

The roadway reopened at 10:10 p.m., Walsh said. Those unaffected by the fire were able to return to their units.

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