Extra-alarm fire destroys old Gately’s Peoples Store in Roseland

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CHICAGO — A piece of Chicago history is now gone.

Fire crews battled an extra-alarm fire at the once popular Gately’s Peoples Store in the city’s Roseland neighborhood Friday morning.

The fire broke out around 3:30 a.m. at a building at 112th and Michigan, and later escalated to a three-alarm.

Fire officials set up a collapse zone due to a partial roof collapse of the building.

Just before noon, fire crews began tearing down the top half of the building so they could put out hot spots that remain.

A portion of the building used to be the old Gately’s Peoples, which closed in 1981. Most of the building is abandoned, but officials believe other businesses may still be active in the building.

No injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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