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Chicago Ridge apartment fire displaces 15 people

The first major calamity to hit the area in 2015 did not have any deaths or even injuries.

 

But it did produce devistation and hardship mixed in with some heartwarming moments courtesy of first responders on the scene.

 

About 16 hours after four apartment units were completely destroyed and several others severely damaged Monday night following a late-night fire in Chicago Ridge, an observer stood in the cold and suveyed the damage.

 

He wasn’t just any observer. He said he was the father and grandfather of some of the people displaced from the fire. He marvelled at the “compassion” and “professionalim” of the Chicago Ridge Fire Department during the ordeal, which occured in snowy and freezing weather conditions.

 

“I saw a young boy running barefoot out of the building,” he said. “And I saw a fireman take off his boots and placed the boy in them. I saw another fire fighter pick up and hug another child.

 

“My daughter lost everything in that fire but what are possession when you still have your daughter and grandkids still alive?”

 

Firefighters from several communities responded at 10:36 p.m. and required about an hour to extinguish the fire at the 18-unit complex in the 9800 block of Sayre Avenue, Chicago Ridge Fire Chief George Sheets said.

 

“There was heavy fire blowing out the back,” Sheets said.

 

He said an electrical malfunction in a second-story bedroom likely is the cause of the fire, which spread to the third floor and the attic, Sheets said.

 

The blaze displaced 15 people, but no one was injured, he said.

 

More than 70 firefighters from 13 departments ultimately were called to battle the blaze, a task made more difficult because of the severe weather conditions, Sheets said.

 

Some tenants returned Tuesday to gather personal belongings. Some put them in garbage bags.

 

While some residents had places to stay, others relied on the Red Cross for temporary shelter and clothing, Sheets said.

 

 

 

 

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