No injuries reported in massive flea market fire

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CHICAGO — Crews battled a massive fire that broke out at a flea market in Chicago Tuesday afternoon.

The fire started at 9:30 a.m.  in the one-story, two block long business called Buyer’s Flea Market in West Humboldt Park.

Firefighters had to rescue one woman who was trapped in a bathroom.  She refused medical attention.

For hours Chicago firefighters used about 8,000 gallons of water per minute.  At one time the department had to bring in a hose wagon that took water to the scene from about half a mile away.

160 firefighters and 60 pieces of equipment have been on the scene most of the day.  The dangers were too great for firefighters to be inside, especially after the rooftop parking deck collapsed and seven vehicles plunged onto the cars below.  Rubber, cloth, plastic and flammable liquids created a Level One haz mat situation.

Gusty winds of up to 20 miles an hour didn’t help as firefighters tried and succeeded in keeping the blaze contained.

Once it’s safe, fire investigators will head inside the building to figure out how it started.

Merchants and buyers who depend on the flea market are anxious to learn if they will be able to salvage any belongings.


SkyCam9 captured video of cars falling through the roof deck.


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