West Side warehouse destroyed by fire has connection to ‘Blues Brothers’ film

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CHICAGO -- At least one person was injured in a three-alarm fire at a vacant building in Humboldt Park Friday morning. That person suffered a leg injury and was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious-to-critical condition.

The fire, which started at about 4:30 a.m., closed Grand between Homan and Spaulding. After the flames were extinguished, firefighters searched the building for anyone inside. Eight homeless people were found.

Residents in the area say the vacant warehouse, which is actually three connected buildings, is known for squatters. They say there have been fires there in the past that had been started by homeless people.

The warehouse does have some movie history attached to it.

It was once owned by a car dealership in the 1940s. In the 1970s, they supplied all the vehicles for the Chicago Police Department.

They also refurbished police cars that were used in "The Blues Brothers" movie.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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