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Site of largest Chicago fire in 7 years under investigation

Firefighters remained on the scene of a warehouse fire on Chicago’s South Side Wednesday morning.

The fire was mostly out, but crews were searching for hot spots.

At its peak, 170 firefighters were needed to get the flames under control.  That was one-third of the Chicago Fire Department’s on-duty personnel, making it the department’s biggest response in 7 years.

The fire broke out in a vacant building at 3757 S. Ashland Ave. in Bridgeport, just after 9 p.m. Tuesday night.

It was called in by a Fire Department Chief who happened to be driving by.

“I was looking out my window and I noticed the fire, and it was pretty hot, intense,” said Bridgeport resident Mike Lopez. “Then this morning, my son wanted to come and look at it, and it looks like an ice castle.”

One firefighter suffered a back injury, but no one else was hurt.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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9 Comments to “Site of largest Chicago fire in 7 years under investigation”

    Bryant said:
    January 23, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    quite unremarkable??????

    Wendy said:
    January 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Isn't this McKinnley Park neighborhood??

    Cristi said:
    January 23, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    unremarkable? I noticed that when I saw it this morning, but thought I must have heard wrong. Guess not!

    David said:
    January 23, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    It is McKinley Park neighborhood , not Bridgeport.

    ugo said:
    January 24, 2013 at 4:13 AM

    The question is what happened 7 years ago?

    Average Joe said:
    January 24, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    If only a cow would start a fire in Chicago and burn that cesspool to the ground with A side of fried Rham.

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