Firefighters battle 4-11 blaze on South Side

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Firefighters battled a 4-11 blaze on the city’s South side Thursday night.

The fire started in the roof of a large, unused warehouse at 11600 S. Burley, according to Chicago Fire Department Media Affairs.

The fire continued to spread due to a lack adequate water. The fire department called for a fire boat and helicopter to assist in obtaining water but neither can respond due to lack of visibility, according to media affairs.Railroads in the area were shut down just before 8:00 p.m. to allow a hose across the tracks.

A female firefighter was slightly injured when she hurt her back after tripping due to poor visibility.

The fire was stuck just after 9:00 p.m.  No other injuries were reported.

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  • Gwendolyn Foster

    Isn't it amazing there was a fire today on 62nd and racine that lasted for at least 2 to 3 hours and its nowhere to be found on the news anywhere?The only thing that gets reported from Englewood is if a cop gets shot.

    • Margo

      Thank you Gwendolyn! That was my family's home. I live out of town and was looking for an article about the fire, and couldn't find one. It is a shame. I'm just thankful none of my family was hurt! I appreciate your concern, thanks and be blessed!

  • Patty Rzyski

    we were passing thru after we were rerouted to go another way as all cars had to avoid the area into or near that section of Ave. O the smell from the fire was intense and horrible it smelled like burning rubber and burned our throats as we drove away from the area.The winds were going towards the far south and the black smoke along with it as well was unbearble.

  • Patty Rzyski

    I do not understand why they did not get the water from Rowan Park which was across the street from Ave. O which was blocked off from traffic?There are several working water fire hydrants as well as an icerink that has a hose that works as a blasting wash hose that sprays water on the icerink at that park.Why couldn't they plug in long fire hoses and run it across the street nearby from the area where that building is,which has a lot of plastic,tires and all kinds of recycling products there.

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