CHICAGO -- A spectacular extra-alarm fire at a Logan Square furniture store sent smoke pouring into the air as firefighters battled the flames for hours. No one was injured.
The smoke from the fire was visible from O'Hare Airport and from much of the South Side. It took firefighters more than three hours to strike it, working most of the time in defensive mode.
The fire started just before 8:00 this morning in the Famsa Furniture Store in the 2900 block of North Milwaukee Avenue, just south of Central Park Avenue in Logan Square.
No one was inside the building when the fire started. The store, which sells appliances and electronics in addition to furniture, was not yet open.
Police received an alert that the alarm in the building went off this morning. It was a motion detector.
When police arrived they found smoke and called the Fire Department. It was quickly elevated to a 3-alarm fire.
Fire officials say first responders had a huge task.
The building is now a total loss. Building Department officials say it is in danger of coming down, collapsing at any time. A facade is being erected as soon as possible because the only things holding it up right now are buildings on either side.
This stretch of Milwaukee Avenue will be closed today. The power is out and businesses there are hurting.
Drivers are urged to avoid this area around Logan Square, particularly this stretch of Milwuakee.
No cause for the fire is known at this time.