Old Zenith plant damaged in massive fire; No one injured

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CHICAGO – No injuries were reported but an abandoned factory was badly damaged in a fire on Chicago's West Side Tuesday evening.

The fire broke out in the 6000 block Dickens in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood.

The Chicago Fire Dept said the building had been vacant for years but was once site of the Zenith plant.

Neighbors say the building has been abandoned for abandoned for two decades or more say local residents.  They also say it's been a trouble spot for fires by squatters with the most recent only several months ago.


District Chief Brian Helmold confirms fires have occurred here off and on over the years but this one is by far the biggest.


100 firefighters and dozens of fire engines, trucks and ladders were brought in to help put out the flames.

Tomorrow, when it's safe enough, the building department will step in and figure out what to do with the one-time giant of an American manufacturing facility.


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