Extra-alarm fire guts furniture store on Northwest Side – Chicago Tribune
An extra-alarm fire tore through a furniture store in the Logan Square neighborhood on the Northwest Side Thursday morning, but no injuries were reported.
The fire broke out at Famsa Furniture in the 2900 block of North Milwaukee Avenue around 7:30 a.m. and took three hours to bring under control, according to the Fire Department.
It was raised to a 2-11 alarm shortly before 8 a.m., then to a 3-11 alarm around 8:40 a.m. after part of the roof of the three-story building collapsed, the department said.
Video from news helicopters showed orange flames and thick smoke rising from the building as the 3-11 was called.
By 10 a.m., firefighters were attacking the blaze from aerial ladders, hoping to keep the flames from the basement, which was filled with mattresses, according to Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.
“We want to get the roof open so we can attack the fire from above so it doesn’t drop down into the basement,” Langford said.
The fire was struck, or brought under control, around 10:45 a.m. The fire department said in a tweet that the building sustained “extensive” damage but the buildings on either side “have been saved.”
No injuries were reported. Fire officials said the store was not open for business yet when the fire alarms were tripped and no one was inside.
On Milwaukee Avenue, two fire trucks, their ladders extended, hosed the roof of the store. On the street, a crew sprayed a jet of water into the storefront’s shattered windows. Inside the charred building, accordion-like security cages were still locked.
Other firefighters dragged hoses into Los Dos Leones, a restaurant and bar next door to Famsa.
Lucero Agosto started working as a cook at the restaurant on Monday. She said she’s worried damage from the fire could put her job in jeopardy.
“I heard about the fire and said, ‘This can’t be happening to me,’ ” Agosto said. “But there’s always something to do. They say that faith moves mountains. I’ve got faith.”
Milwaukee was closed between Kimball and Central Park avenues, and CTA buses on the 56 Milwaukee route were being redirected.
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