Crews battle large fire at Oak Park restaurant Tuesday morning

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OAK PARK, Ill. — Fire crews battled a massive fire at a restaurant in Oak Park Tuesday morning.

The fire started just before 10 a.m. Tuesday at Delia’s Kitchen, located in the 1000 block of Lake Street. A nail salon is also in the building.

Oak Park officials say two apartments located above the restaurant and some neighboring businesses have been evacuated.

Nearly 100 firefighters from 12 different departments fought the fire.

“The fire got in between the walls and in between the ceiling and the roof and there was a false ceiling on the third floor. That made a lot of layers to go through. It was very difficult to extinguish,” said Oak Park Fire Chief Ron Kobyleski.

No injuries have been reported, but residents who lived in the four apartments in the building will need to find a new place to live.

The daughter of the owners, Delia Cibotaru, spoke to WGN News after the fire. She said her mother is in shock.

I think she’s more in shock and disbelief right now but she’ll be okay eventually,” Cibotaru said. “To see all of her hard work go up into flames is extremely heartbreak for us right now.”

Authorities said most of the damage was contained to the third and second floors. The first floor had mostly water damage.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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