CHICAGO — Two businesses and an apartment building were destroyed following a massive fire early Monday in Albany Park.
The fire started around 3:45 a.m. Monday at an apartment building at Montrose Avenue and Richmond Street. Officials said the fire spread quickly to two buildings that house “The Ultimate Ninja” and the “Twisted Hippo Brewery.” One of the walls of the brewery collapsed.
The fire burned for several hours as around 150 firefighters battled it.
Neighbors report they heard at least eight explosions due to the fire. All of the residents of the apartment building were able to escape.
A 60-year-old man was transported to Swedish Hospital for smoke inhalation, according to fire officials. No other transports or injuries have been reported at this time.
The buildings involved are completely destroyed. CFD said the fire started under a set of stairs in a gangway between one of the businesses and the apartment building.
Twisted Hippo owner Marilee Rutherford was devastated by the sight of her business burning.
“It’s a little unreal, it’s hard, it’s going to be hard,” Rutherford said. “But we’re lucky to have had it and we will see how we move forward.”
Neighbors are hoping the businesses can make a comeback. A GoFundMe for Twisted Hippo has raised over $100,000 at this time.