Pilsen building damaged in fire, residents displaced


CHICAGO — No injures were reported but a building was severely damaged Monday in a large fire on Chicago’s Southwest Side.

Firefighters responded to a three story building 1100 block of West 18th Street in the city’s Pilsen neighborhood around 5 p.m.

According to officials, the fire started on the  top floor and burned through the attic which is used as living quarters.  The fire then burned through the roof.  

Christian Rosas mother owns the building. He said he has no idea how the fire started in his third floor apartment but he woke up to the sound of breaking glass.

Rosas’s grandmother was taken to the hospital for precautionary purposes she was experiencing chest pain.

The building was built in 1880, just nine years after the Great Chicago Fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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