Extra-alarm fire destroys North Side strip mall

An extra-alarm fire destroyed a North Side strip mall this afternoon, fire officials said.

The fire started just before 4 p.m. in the 3100 block of West Peterson, according to the Chicago Fire Department. The fire was elevated to a 3-11 alarm about 4:40 p.m., and a 4-11 fire shortly after 5 p.m.

Fire officials believe the fire began in an American Mattress store at the mall. A furniture store, a nail salon, a hair salon and a liquor store were also burned in the fire.

By 6 p.m. the fire was under control, but not completely out, officials said.

The fire caused several street closures, and CTA buses were rerouted in the area.

Nearly 700 customers were without power as a result of the blaze, according to Commonwealth Edison.

According to the fire department, roofers were doing a job using torches on the building before the start of the fire. Fire officials continue to investigate.

 

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