Massive warehouse fire burns for hours on the Southwest Side

CHICAGO - Nearly two hundred firefighters battled a massive fire on the city's Southwest Side overnight.  The blaze began in a vacant warehouse near 26th and S. Kostner Avenue in the Little Village neighborhood at about 2 a.m. this morning.  It burned for more than six hours before it was struck out at about 8:45 a.m.

The three-story warehouse has been vacant for about twenty years but nearby residents say homeless people do go into the building.  Fire officials believe the fire may have been started by homeless people trying to stay warm.

Nearby residents were evacuated from their homes as a precaution, but the fire was contained and never spread to other buildings.  Several walls did collapse during the fire but there were no firefighters inside the building at the time of the partial collapse.  No one was injured.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.