Icy warehouse in Bridgeport on fire, again

Chicago firefighters are back on the scene of a warehouse fire from earlier this week after flames rekindled early Thursday morning.

Flames could be seen shooting from the roof of the building at 37th and Ashland in the Bridgeport neighborhood.

The fire first broke out Tuesday evening.  200 firefighters were on the scene at the height of the fire and worked for hours to extinguish hot spots.

Fire officials say they’re not surprised the flames rekindled.  Deputy Fire Commissioner John McNicholas says, “when it gets encrusted in ice, we still have fire underneath that pile.  As that fire starts to fester itself, eventually it gets more air and it starts to light up again.”

With eight inches of ice coating the outside of the building and the internal structure damaged by flames officials say the building could collapse under the weight of the ice.

It could take days to put out the fire.

This used to be a home to a furniture company, but it went out of business 10 years ago.

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