Prospect Heights fire caused $10M in damage, officials say

PROSPECT HEIGHTS, Ill. — The cost of a fire that destroyed much of a suburban Chicago condominium complex last week is being pegged at an estimated $10 million.

Prospect Heights fire department officials say the July 18 fire that displaced about 500 people caused $4 million in structural damage and $6 million in damage to building contents.

Investigators believe an 11-year-old boy playing with a lighter in a second-floor unit started the fire that caused major damage to three connected buildings.

The Daily Herald reports Fire Chief Drew Smith said a tall fence and lack of roadway access to the rear of the buildings made it difficult for crews to fight the blaze.

The River Trails Condominium Association board told unit owners week that it could take two years to rebuild the fire-ravaged buildings.