Roof fire at Schaumburg IKEA causes brief evacuation

  • The cause of a roof fire at the Schaumburg IKEA store early Tuesday afternoon remains under investigation. The fire, which involved 22 solar panels, required an approximately two-hour evacuation.

    The cause of a roof fire at the Schaumburg IKEA store early Tuesday afternoon remains under investigation. The fire, which involved 22 solar panels, required an approximately two-hour evacuation. Courtesy of IKEA, 2012

  • The cause of a roof fire at the Schaumburg IKEA store early Tuesday afternoon remains under investigation. The fire, which involved 22 solar panels, required an approximately two-hour evacuation.

    The cause of a roof fire at the Schaumburg IKEA store early Tuesday afternoon remains under investigation. The fire, which involved 22 solar panels, required an approximately two-hour evacuation. Daily Herald file photo, 2004

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 11/24/2020 5:45 PM

No injuries were reported after fire broke out early Tuesday afternoon on the roof of Schaumburg's IKEA store, leading to a two-hour evacuation of the business.

Schaumburg Fire Department officials said a passerby reported dark smoke coming from the roof of the massive store at 1800 E. McConnor Parkway just before noon. Firefighters later determined the fire involved 22 solar panels.

 

Thirty-two firefighters arrived at the scene and the fire was brought under control with the use of an elevated aerial stream of water. IKEA was able to reopen just after 2 p.m., officials said.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Tuesday. There was some minor damage to the interior of the structure as well, but a monetary damage estimate was not immediately available Tuesday.

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