WOODRIDGE, Ill. –-Firefighters continue to pour water on hot spots from a massive fire that destroyed a west suburban furniture warehouse overnight.
So much water has been used on the blaze at the Room Place facility, many residents of Woodridge are under a boil order.
The flames broke out at about 5:00 pm and spread through the 700 thousand square foot distribution center.
50 employees escaped without injury. Firefighters evacuated the building before the roof and walls collapsed.
Crews from 35 fire departments battled the blaze through the night.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has been called in by the fire marshal to help with the investigation.
At this point the cause is not considered suspicious, but it will be days before investigators can get into the wreckage. One employee told WGN’s Judy Wang she loved working for the company, which held a cookout for staff just Thursday.
— John Pender (@john_pender22) April 21, 2016
A statement from The RoomPlace was issued late Thursday night.
In the early evening on Thursday, April 21, a fire broke out at our main Distribution Center in Woodridge, Ill. While the cause of the fire remains unknown, fire crews arrived onsite immediately to address the situation and diffuse the fire. Everyone has been evacuated safely and there are no injuries or fatalities to report. Our immediate focus is on our employees. We’ll continue to work with the Woodridge Police and Fire Department and will provide additional updates as they are available.
This is a developing story. Check back for details.