Demolition of warehouse underway, flames continue to burn

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Chicago demolition crews are hard at work Friday bringing down a warehouse where a massive fire took place earlier this week.

It’s expected to take crews all night to demolish the warehouse at 37th and Ashland Avenue.

“The Office of Fire Investigation has determined the cause of the 5-11 Fire on Ashland to be open flame ignition of available combustibles,’’ said Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.  But while police are investigating, the determination does not mean the fire was arson.

The fire has rekindled a couple times, including throughout the day and night Friday.

Demolition began in the northwest corner of the building where the fire is still burning.

The warehouse is covered in ice and there was fear it could collapse under the weight.

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