At 7:29 PM on Thursday, February 6, 2014, the Woodstock Fire/Rescue District responded for a reported structure in the 500 block of East Kimball. The first units arrived within minutes to find a well involved 1 1/2 story wood-frame single-family residence at 509 East Kimball. Fire was showing throughout the first floor with evidence of extension into the attic. Neighbors reported that a victim was still in the house and that they heard sounds from the back of the house.
Crews entered the structure for search and rescue and reported heavy fire on the first floor and high heat conditions in the attic area. Initial search efforts were concentrated in the attic living space due to reports from bystanders. During the initial search efforts, the fire spread rapidly to the attic space, forcing firefighters out of the building. They quickly re-entered to continue the primary search ultimately finding an elderly female victim identified as 73-year-old Anita Kohl. Extinguishment efforts supported search and rescue, and the fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes, with salvage and overhaul efforts continuing for another hour. The fire was struck out at 8:25 PM.
Firefighters did experience minor issues with ice on the road and snow blocking fire hydrants, but were not delayed in their firefighting efforts. No firefighter injuries were reported.
A MABAS Box Alarm was activated; bringing fire personnel to the scene from Lakewood, Huntley, Crystal Lake, Union, Wonder Lake, and Harvard. Coverage for the Woodstock Fire/Rescue District and Village of Lakewood was provided by Spring Grove, Algonquin, Marengo, and Rutland Dundee.
The fire is under investigation in conjunction with the Woodstock City Police Department, the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the McHenry County Coroner Office.
McHenry Police Department, announcing criminal charges have been filed against a male juvenile in connection with two property crimes that occurred at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in McHenry. The male juvenile, who was (17) seventeen years of age at the time he was charged, will be detained at the Kane County Juvenile Detention Facility until his Juvenile Court Appearance on Tuesday, February 11th. The charges were filed as the result of the on-going investigations of three separate incidents that occurred at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, between June 2013 and February 2014. On June 9th, 2013 McHenry Police took a report of Criminal Damage to Property and Theft at St. Patrick’s Church. During this incident it was documented that an unknown offender(s) damaged the exterior property of the church. Damage was noted to the front statue, a light post and two air conditioning units. On July 3rd, 2013 McHenry Police took a second report at St. Patrick’s Church for Burglary, Theft and Criminal Damage to Property. During this incident damage was caused to both the interior and exterior of the building. Light posts, air conditioning units, a picture and a window were all damaged. Additional items were also removed from the church. Throughout the course of the first two investigations witnesses were interviewed and evidence was collected. Over the course of the following months, the charged juvenile was interviewed and evidence was processed at the crime lab. The first two cases were forwarded to the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office for review and on February 6 approval to charge the juvenile was granted.On February 7, a Juvenile Offense Report was filed against the juvenile offender and forwarded to the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office and McHenry County Juvenile Probation for filing. According to the offense report, the juvenile offender was charged with 1 Count: Criminal Damage Over to a Place of Worship (Class 3 Felony),1 Count: Theft Over from a Place of Worship – (Class 2 Felony). A third Criminal Damage to Property Incident that is similar in nature was reported to McHenry Police on February 5 remains open and under investigation. In the third incident, an offender is seen on video surveillance damaging the statue in front of St. Patrick’s Church. McHenry Police are asking that anyone who has knowledge of these incidents to call the McHenry Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 815-363-2599 or the McHenry Police Anonymous Tip Line at 815-363-2124.