Investigators suspect arson behind fast-moving strip mall fire

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CHICAGO -- Bomb and arson investigators are waiting for a bulldozer to be brought in to clear out the storage area in the back of the Family Dollar store in a strip mall that caught fire Monday to see what might have started the blaze.

Neighbor Unray Williams watched from his porch as Chicago firefighters took two hours to put out the flames.

“We on the porch yelling ‘get out of there!’” he said.

Firefighters couldn't fight the fire from the inside because it was too dangerous. Shortly after they pulled out the roof collapsed.

On Tuesday, red crime scene tape surrounded the building at 425 S. Kedize Ave. ATF investigators are also at the scene of the fire that moved too quickly to be an accident.

No one could go into the Family Dollar or the beauty supply shop next door.  JJ's Fish Shop has the least amount of damage. The owner was with insurance adjusters all day.

Customers of the strip mall are also worried the owners won’t rebuild in a neighborhood where here are few stores to begin with.

“Now where I'm gonna go?” asked shopper Cloronda Morgan.


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