Brighton Park warehouse fire rekindles; firefighters return

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A massive overnight fire destroyed a warehouse on Chicago’s Southwest Side.

The fire originally started just after 11 p.m. Wednesday in a warehouse at 3710 South California Avenue in the Brighton Park neighborhood.

The building was full of wooden pallets, which fueled the blaze.

The fire started on the delivery dock and quickly fire spread to the entire factory before it was put out at 1:20 a.m. Thursday.   However, it flared up again just after 5 a.m.  Firefighters returned to the building to put out a smaller fire.

A building next door contained a lot of paper and propane, but firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading.

Firefighters had to use multiple fire engines to get water on the fire because there were no hydrants nearby.

At one point – they were pumping more than one thousand gallons of water a minute on the fire.

No injuries were reported.

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  • Dick Beninya

    Does anyone see a problem with a warehouse full of wood, next to a warehouse full of paper and propane in an area without fire hydrants? How does this happen in a city that tightly regulates things such as bottled water?