December 10, 2023

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Chicago Fire Department battles extra-alarm warehouse fire in Back of the Yards

CHICAGO (WLS) — Huge flames could possibly be seen from miles away as a hearth unfold throughout a warehouse Thursday morning within the Again of the Yards neighborhood.

The fireplace broke out simply earlier than 9 a.m. at Evans Meals Merchandise in 4100-block of South Halsted Avenue, in line with the Chicago Fireplace Division.

The Chicago Fireplace Division battles a warehouse hearth on Halsted Avenue within the Again of the Yards neighborhood.

Grease merchandise contained in the constructing made the fireplace worse and the situation of the warehouse additionally anxious crews.

“This constructing is related to a number of buildings within the bottom,” mentioned Jim McDonough, CFD 1st District Chief. “They’re all non flamable. A few of them are one story some are two tales the place all of the meals processing tools is saved.”

All the workers inside could possibly be seen safely evacuating the constructing as crews acquired the fireplace underneath management.

The excessive winds throughout Chicago additionally prompted some issues for firefighters.

“Fireplace creates its personal wind so it would not assist to have 20 mile-per-hour winds right now and it appears they had been popping out to the southwest it did hinder us a bit of bit at first,” mentioned McDonough.

McDonough mentioned he would not consider there are any code violations within the constructing and the alarms had been working inside.

“The place could be very clear,” he mentioned. “I have been in there two to 3 occasions earlier than so it’s extremely well-managed. well-kept so I do not suppose that is a difficulty.”

CFD mentioned a reason for the fireplace is being investigated.

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