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Barrington Hills police and firefighter/paramedics from Barrington -Countryside FPD responded about 3:34 a.m. Saturday March 7, 2020 to a report that multiple people were shot at or near a home in the block of 300 Old Sutton Road.

Police and firefighter/paramedics received a report that there were multiple gunshot victims. At least two victim were transported to a local hospital. At least one victim was possibly dead at the scene.

Police are investigating whether an online marketplace for lodging, such as Airbnb, was being used to stay at a luxury home and host a party at the luxury home. The minimum property size in Barrington Hills is 5 acres, and the neighborhood includes horse ranches and multi-million dollar homes. A home down the street on Old Sutton Road is currently listed for $11.8 million dollars. There have been reports nationwide of disturbing parties at luxury homes or luxury apartment shared temporarily via Airbnb or other lodging sharing broker services using a smartphone app.

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Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District Chief James Kreher

Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District officials say some businesses have been tricked into paying for inspection services by someone improperly claiming to be with the department.

In issuing a community advisory Friday, officials at the Lake Barrington-based department said they first learned about the fire inspector scam after being contacted by unidentified business owners Wednesday. An investigation continues, officials said.

“The (department) conducts annual fire inspections at no charge to businesses, and our inspectors will always be in uniform and carry proper identification,” Fire Chief James Kreher said in a statement. “Local business professionals are welcome to contact us any time to verify scheduled fire inspections or confirm visits by on-duty personnel.”

Impersonating a firefighter is a Class 4 felony in Illinois, punishable by up to three years in prison and a $25,000 fine. Kreher said any suspicious activity should be reported to 911.

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Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District leaders at a board meeting last week honored seven recently-promoted officers and four firefighter/paramedics who completed their probationary service.

Promoted were the following: Nick Asta to deputy chief, support services; Scott Motisi to deputy chief, director of training, safety, and emergency medical services; Erik Mandel and Vince Murphy to captain; Fred Berg, Caleb Meyers and Sean Wagner to lieutenant. The firefighter/paramedics recognized for completing probation in 2019 were Matt Arce, Matt Campbell, Tom Kelly and Joe Tucker.

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A number of area fire departments responded to a structure fire in Barrington Hills that left a vacant, two-story single-family home a total loss.

No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported, Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District officials said. Deputy Chief John Knebl said the house had been vacant for quite a while and no one was living in it.

The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District was dispatched to a structure fire about 2:35 p.m. at 11365 Haegers Bend Road. The fire was declared out at 6:27 p.m., although crews remained on the scene until 7:30 p.m to investigate the fire and search for hot spots, officials said.

Because of the heavy fire conditions and the home’s location in a remote area without fire hydrants, the response was upgraded to a second alarm, which calls for additional units. The fire was attacked from the exterior, and water was shuttled in with the assistance of mutual aid fire departments.

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No injuries were reported after lightning struck a Barrington Hills house Tuesday morning, authorities said.

The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District was dispatched at 7:07 a.m. for the lightning strike at 30W807 Longmeadow Drive. The first arriving units arrived on scene and initially did not see any flames from the front of the structure. Upon further examination, a small fire was seen in a window on the second floor above the garage.

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All told, District 220 will likely spend over $1M on this property.

Barrington Area Unit District 220 is exploring the idea of demolishing a house it bought from a fire district, then using the Dundee Road property for improving traffic flow and parking at two adjacent schools.

District 220 purchased the roughly 1-acre site with a vacant house at 36 E. Dundee Road from the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District. The $500,000 deal was struck this year after Cook County rejected a controversial plan to build a new fire station on the site between Barrington Middle School-Prairie Campus and District 220’s early learning center.

Assistant Superintendent of Business Services David Bein said the first move would be to demolish the single-family house. He said preliminary estimates indicate the demolition would cost $60,000. It could cost about $500,000 to use the former fire district land for a project to improve the parking and traffic flow at the middle school and early learning center, Bein said.

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Fire engines, food trucks, station tours, raffle prizes, a bounce house and public safety demonstrations will be among the attractions at this year’s Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District’s open house this Saturday.

The free event will be 11 AM to 2 PM at the fire district’s Lake Barrington station, 22222 North Pepper Road. A side-by-side demonstration scheduled for 12:30 p.m. will allow guests to see how fire sprinkler systems contain fires and limit property damage and injury.

A blood drive will run at the station from 9 AM to 3 PM. There also will be a raffle to win a junior firefighter uniform.

For more information, contact Capt. Angela Grandgeorge at (224) 848-4875 or agrandgeorge@bcfpd.us.

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