Firefighters use boats to fight a structure fire on a remote island near Antioch

Firefighters use boats to put out a fully engulfed structure fire on Whiskey Island on the Chain O’Lakes in Antioch on Monday evening. | Photo: Robert Skupa

In an unusual situation, firefighters had to use fire boats to put out an abandoned structure that caught fire on an island in the Chain O’Lakes near Antioch on Monday night.

Antioch First Fire Protection District responded around 4:45 p.m. Monday to a call of a structure fire on Whiskey Island.

The island lies just west of Blarney Island Bar on Grass Lake in Antioch.

Whiskey Island is a small island with an undetermined number of small abandoned structures, according to Antioch Fire Chief Jon Cokefair.

Firefighters who arrived on the scene noticed black smoke coming from a structure on the island.

A large smoke header could be seen from afar during a structure fire on Whiskey Island near Antioch on Monday evening. | Photo: Renee Evans

The island and structure were immediately checked out and deemed abandoned, Cokefair said.

A mutual aid call has gone out for additional firefighters from Fox Lake, McHenry, Lake Villa, Spring Grove, Round Lake and Salem, Wisconsin.

A mutual aid appeal has also been issued to Fox Lake and McHenry for specialist boats with specially designed pumps to draw water from the Chain O’Lakes to put out the fire.

Cokefair said firefighters were transported by fireboats, Blarney Island shuttle boats and several owners with large boats.

The fire was brought under control and extinguished after approximately two hours.

No injuries among firefighters or civilians were reported. The damage estimate was not known.

The fire is still under investigation by Antioch’s First Fire Protection District.

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