Mansion fire in Woodstock

February 7, 2009 10:19:22 AM PST
Firefighters in northwest suburban Woodstock battled a 4-alarm fire at a single family home early Saturday morning.The house, at 2606 Country Club Rd. and estimated to be at least 5,000 square feet, was declared a total loss.

Two residents managed to get out of the burning home safely.

A Woodstock Fire Department spokesman said the couple appeared to be shocked by the massive fire.

It took firefighters more than 3-hours to strike the blaze, as crews finished their efforts about 3:45 a.m.

Strong wind and a lack of nearby fire hydrants presented challenges for firefighters on the scene.

"There are no fire hydrants in this area," said Ralph Webster, Chief of Woodstock Fire District.

"We're probably about 3 miles from the nearest hydrant, so we had to tank water in.

We're also about 1,000 feet off the road, so we're having to push that water up a driveway."

Webster estimated the damage to the home was between one million and one-and-a-half million dollars.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.