CAMPTON HILLS – Firefighters from a dozen different agencies battled an early morning barn fire for more than three hours Thursday in Campton Hills.
A passerby called 911 just before 3:30 a.m. Thursday to report smoke in the area of 40W011 Old Burlington Rd. in Campton Hills, Fox River & Countryside Fire Chief John Nixon said.
A Campton Hills police officer was able to find the source of that smoke at 3:32 a.m. – a large, historic barn was almost completely engulfed in flames.
Nixon said when firefighters arrived on the scene at 3:35 a.m., the barn was roughly 90 percent ablaze. Crews immediately went into defensive mode, Nixon said.
"It was way too much fire for any one crew to handle," Nixon said.
There were no hydrants in the area. As a result, firefighters from South Elgin, Elburn, Batavia, St. Charles, Pingree Grove, Hampshire, Carol Stream, Burlington, Maple Park, Kaneville and Winfield were called to help and shuttle water from a nearby subdivision.
"That got the cavalry on the way to fight this fire," Nixon said.
Roughly 20,000 gallons of water were used.
The barn collapsed around 4 a.m., and crews worked to extinguish the flames coming from the "pile of rubble." Firefighters worked until around 7 a.m.
Nixon said the property was vacant, and only some material items were inside the barn. No one was injured fighting the fire, which caused roughly $100,000 in damage. Bolcum Road was closed at Old Burlington Road throughout the incident, Nixon said, causing a minor disruption in morning traffic.
The fire's cause is not yet known, but the Kane County Fire Investigation Task Force continues to look into it.