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Fire Burns $1 Million Highland Park Home

Firefighters from 10 north suburban communities assist Highland Park Fire Department battling blaze.

Firefighters from 10 communities helped the Highland Park Fire Department battle a blaze on Hawthorne Lane Saturday.
Firefighters from 10 communities helped the Highland Park Fire Department battle a blaze on Hawthorne Lane Saturday.

A home purchased by a new owner last month was engulfed in flames today on Hawthorne Lane as firefighters from at least 10 nearby communities assisted the Highland Park Fire Department battling the blaze.

Flames were shooting from two spots on the roof at approximately 2:45 p.m. today. The battalion chief in charge at the scene was unable to give any information until the fire was under control.

The home at 1540 Hawthorne Lane was sold in October for $1,224,500, according to information on the multiple listing service.

Firefighters from Highwood, Deerfield Bannockburn Fire Protection District, Northbrook, Glencoe, Northfield, Wilmette, Libertyville, Skokie, Knollwood and Prospect Heights were observed on the scene.

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Katie November 28, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Dear Mr. Sadin (and all the commenters), I hope this is an appropriate way to communicate -- I couldn't figure out a way to contact you directly. My name is Katie - my husband Matt and I own this home. We are, of course, still shocked and saddened by the loss of our new (to us) home. But, especially on Thanksgiving, we are eternally grateful that our children (ages 3 and 1) escaped unharmed. I hope it's okay if I use this as an opportunity to say two things: 1. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to the police officers and firefighters who responded to our distress call. They have exhibited such kindness and bravery, to which the rest of us can only aspire. The police officers on the scene protected and supported us - they even let my kids watch movies on their phones in the back of the squad car. After experiencing the smoke firsthand, I can't imagine willingly running into a burning building for people you don't even know - and every one of those firefighters did so without hesitation. With the water main breaks and difficulty getting water to the house, they had to be especially creative and resourceful. Although the house is gone, they kept the fire from spreading to the trees and neighborhood. And to top it off, the next day brought our children new stuffed animals. Incredible. 2. Although my children, my husband and I escaped injury, sadly we have not found our cat, Pumpkin. I'm afraid she tried to hide in the house during the fire, but I'm holding out hope that she escaped and ran away. Please, if anyone sees a chubby, all-black cat - please call me at (616) 717-3468. {Please no solicitation; I realize I am risking my privacy by providing my phone number, but please respect that I do so in an effort to locate our beloved pet and do not take advantage}. Finally, thank you for all the well-wishes and especially to the neighbors who were kind enough to take us into their home when the children got too antsy to sit in the squad car. Lisa - we found some of the original blueprints in the kitchen, only slightly charred and frozen. We hope that we will be able to thaw them out and use them in our rebuild (insurance coverage willing), so we will try to be as faithful to the childhood home you remember as we can. So far, our insurance company - State Farm - has been amazing and we are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to rebuild. I'm sorry for the long rant - Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hug your loved ones close ;)
Katie November 28, 2013 at 01:03 PM
Dear Mr. Sadin (and all the commenters), I hope this is an appropriate way to communicate -- I couldn't figure out a way to contact you directly. My name is Katie - my husband Matt and I own this home. We are, of course, still shocked and saddened by the loss of our new (to us) home. But, especially on Thanksgiving, we are eternally grateful that our children (ages 3 and 1) escaped unharmed. I hope it's okay if I use this as an opportunity to say two things: 1. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to the police officers and firefighters who responded to our distress call. They have exhibited such kindness and bravery, to which the rest of us can only aspire. The police officers on the scene protected and supported us - they even let my kids watch movies on their phones in the back of the squad car. After experiencing the smoke firsthand, I can't imagine willingly running into a burning building for people you don't even know - and every one of those firefighters did so without hesitation. With the water main breaks and difficulty getting water to the house, they had to be especially creative and resourceful. Although the house is gone, they kept the fire from spreading to the trees and neighborhood. And to top it off, the next day brought our children new stuffed animals. Incredible. 2. Although my children, my husband and I escaped injury, sadly we have not found our cat, Pumpkin. I'm afraid she tried to hide in the house during the fire, but I'm holding out hope that she escaped and ran away. Please, if anyone sees a chubby, all-black cat - please call me at (616) 717-3468. {Please no solicitation; I realize I am risking my privacy by providing my phone number, but please respect that I do so in an effort to locate our beloved pet and do not take advantage}. Finally, thank you for all the well-wishes and especially to the neighbors who were kind enough to take us into their home when the children got too antsy to sit in the squad car. Lisa -We found some of the original blueprints in the kitchen, only slightly charred and frozen. We hope that we will be able to thaw them out and use them in our rebuild (insurance coverage willing) so that we can try to remain as faithful to your childhood home as possible. So far, our insurance company - State Farm - has been amazing and we are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to rebuild. I'm sorry for the long rant - Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hug your loved ones close ;)
Lou November 29, 2013 at 09:34 AM
Very sorry that the new owners experienced this loss and thanks to our public servants who went beyond the call of duty. Just as a notice to our community, after learning about the medical dangers of fire retardants recently, the neighbors who were in the vicinity of the blaze should be aware that copious amount of carcinogens are released from burning and smoldering furniture. It would behoove our city government to make the public aware that one should avoid inhalation of any smoke from a burning house as almost all furniture and other items contain fire retardants, which have been linked to cancer and other diseases. The California Fire Fighters have been battling fire retardant inclusion in furniture for years. http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013/04/05/sf-looks-to-study-alarming-breast-cancer-rates-for-women-firefighters/
Lisa Fishman December 03, 2013 at 01:58 AM
Katie - I'm so terribly sorry to you and your family that you've had to go through such an ordeal - what a nightmare. Thank G-d everybody is okay. I am SO sorry to hear about your cat. That breaks my heart - I truly hope that Pumpkin is found alive. Thank you for letting me know about the blueprints and your building plans. That is wonderful news, and I so appreciate you sharing that with me. As you can tell, I have quite a connection with that home. Again, I am so sorry that you've experienced this loss, and I hope you will be able to rebuild and bring things back to normal as soon as possible. I know that once you are back in the home at 1540 Hawthorne Lane, you will treasure the experience of living there. It is a very special home, piece of property, and neighborhood. It's just so beautiful and serene. (PS - My father built the garage and back deck, planted several of the trees there, I believe created the ceiling to floor shelves in the small office/den on the first floor, and several other things that I can't remember). I have so many wonderful memories growing up there - playing in the ravine for hours on end, walking down to the beach, playing games on that huge front lawn (in the summertime the front lawn is great for that 'Slip and Slide' waterslide toy, and in the wintertime you can make snow-chutes for sledding!), sunning on the back deck, singing and dancing in that enormous living room, playing in those wonderful sun porches off the living room and master bedroom, creeping around the attic, chasing my siblings between the interconnected bedrooms upstairs, exploring the catacomb-like basement, roasting marshmallows in the fireplace in the living room, and on and on... What an amazing place to grow up! My very best wishes to you and your family. I hope you are back in there ASAP. Warmly, lisa fishman
Jon Sabath December 04, 2013 at 10:54 AM
My friends cat Tiger was missing for 3 weeks in the middle of winter one year, and he came home perfectly fine. Jon

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