Fire erupts at popular Hickory Hills banquet hall

Firefighters in south suburban Hickory Hills were called to a large fire at the Camelot banquet hall early this morning.

The early morning fire and smoke could be seen from miles away, as the building  on 95th St burned around 4:30 a.m. Fire crews worked to contain and knock out the flames of this family owned, family run business.

Irene Jordan, whose family owns the business, say she a Hickory Hills police officer, Ryan Bajt, thought someone might be inside and went into action.

“He knew they stay here a lot on times on Saturday night.  And the owners were up in the office sleeping and he alerted them and got them out,” said Walter Sherman, battalion chief Roberts Park Fire Dist.

“We had a lot of parties yesterday and we stay late to set up for the morning parties today,” said Jordan. “My sisters usually stay here just to be here in the morning.  Thank God someone called.”

No one was killed or injured but the fire, which they believe began in the kitchen area, gutted the entire building.

As the family works to rebuild and rebook their clients into other venues for now, the fact nobody was hurt is the one blessing this Mother’s Day.

“You feel for the owners and the workers,” said Sherman.  “It’s their livelihood.  They have a good business and they’re going to be out of business for quite some time.”

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8 comments

  • jessica

    didnt the owners use to own grand manor on archer and cicero and it too burned down they got the insurance money and bought camelot???

    • Lesley Korthase

      You need to research your data before you go off and start rumors. NO, it's the same exact owner as Greens West…. the same exact building now known as Camelot. You have a computer right there in front of you. It's called the 'information highway'!! Try using it before you start rumors. My parents had their wedding banquet at Greens West and still today is a good friend to the owners and those that worked there…. and just in case you were wondering, the folks who live upstairs in the apartment did manage to get out alive. But had you have used your internet to confirm it – you would not be spreading lies for your own benefit of controversy. geeeez

  • Lesley J. Korthase

    It's the same owners as Greens West from wayyyyyyyy back. There is no video that I can find anywhere, although (I live 6 houses behind this banquet hall) not one video can be found, although I saw for myself everyone out there with their news camera's.

    FYI – The two workers that live in the apartment upstairs made it out alive and well, just in case anyone was wondering about them.

    Oh…. and by the way SOUND PEOPLE!!! YOUR WEBSITE HAS ZILCHO FOR SOUND TODAY!!!

  • Lesley Korthase

    It's the same owners as Greens West from wayyyyyyyy back. There is no video that I can find anywhere, although (I live 6 houses behind this banquet hall) not one video can be found, I saw for myself everyone out there with their news camera's. Where's the video???

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