Friday, October 25, 2013

Three alarm fire in Wrigleyville destroys Clark St. building

10/25/13, "Wrigleyville fire demolishes Clark Street building," abclocal.go.com, WLS

Clark St.,Ganci pic
"A big fire that erupted right next to the el tracks Friday evening is still burning right now. The fire is confined to one building containing three businesses in the 3300-block of North Clark Street in Wrigleyville.

A three-alarm fire response was struck just before 7 p.m. Friday night in the 3300-block of North Clark Street, just south of Wrigley Field.

Investigators believe the fire started in a hookah bar near Clark and School.

With flames and thick smoke pouring from the building, firefighters poured water on it from above and below. At one point the roof collapsed, creating a backdraft type situation as neighbors like Lee Larkins watched from across the street.

Despite the fire Red line CTA trains continue to run through the area right next to the building. Neighbors heard the commotion and quickly filled the street to see what happened.

The congested neighborhood just two blocks south of Wrigley Field is filled with bars and restaurants and residential units. Firefighters were able to contain most of the damage to the building where it started.

The single story structure holds three businesses, including Roadhouse 66, which was supposed to host a fundraiser for Kat Vallera's charity music for Lombok.

As firefighters fought to bring the fire under control, part of the building and the roof collapsed at 3330 N. Clark. In fact, part of the roof exploded into the street in a backdraft situation. No injuries were reported, but firefighters say they rescued a dog.

Fire trucks blocked much of Clark Street for several blocks north and south of the fire on Friday night. The #22 Clark bus was rerouted, but the CTA Red and Brown Lines were still running, despite proximity to the fire.

One passenger reported feeling the heat from the fire in a CTA train as it passed.

"As we passed it, there was a huge fire. It was so close to the train that our skin - people were saying - and I felt it as well - our skin actually got hot as we passed the fire it was so close," said Lawrence Well, CTA passenger.

Initially, the fire was reported in the rear of 3330 N. Clark, a one-story commercial building. The Chicago Fire Department tweeted that Roadhouse 66, Samah Hookah Lounge and Thai Classic were the businesses affected. The fire broke out around 5 p.m." photo above, Ganci via Twitchy


10/25/13, "Three-alarm fire burns in Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood [photos]," Twitchy.com
Good photos

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