4-alarm fire in vacant Cicero warehouse extinguished - New York News

4-alarm fire in vacant Cicero warehouse extinguished

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CICERO, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A 4-alarm fire that consumed most of a vacant warehouse and spread to a nearby building in west suburban Cicero has been extinguished.

Flames shot through the roof of the building at 1829 54th Ave. Tuesday evening, town spokesman Ray Hanania said.

Crews first responded to the fire about 6:15 p.m., according to dispatch reports. There were no reports of anyone inside the building.

Hoses and other hydrants were starting to freeze as crews have worked for hours to put out the flames, fire officials said.

To help crews working on the flames, Cicero town officials said there were warming stations set up nearby.

The flames spread to a building just to the south that houses Central Steel Fabricators, 1843 54th Ave., Hanania said.

The fire was just west of the Cicero Animal Shelter, but none of the animals were in jeopardy, Hanania said.

As firefighters were putting out the warehouse fire early Wednesday morning, another blaze was reported at a home at 1410 S. 50th Ct. about 3:30 a.m., Hanania said.

That fire quickly spread to the home next door at 1412 S. 50th St.

A few minutes later, at 3:47 a.m., the warehouse fire rekindled, Hanania said.

Firefighters from Stickney, Berwyn and other communities helped to douse the warehouse blaze; and the Chicago Fire Department brought a hose truck to pump in extra water from Roosevelt Road.

Both fires were under control as of Wednesday morning, Hanania said. No one was injured in either blaze.

The Cicero Alternative School at 1874 S. 54th Ave. was used as a warming center for firefighters and emergency response teams during the warehouse blaze, and did not open Wednesday morning, Hanania said.

The CTA was operating shuttle buses between the 54th/Cermak and Pulaski Pink Line stations while crews worked on the fire, but announced that trains were running again about 12:20 a.m.

About 1,600 households in neighboring Berwyn lost power, but as of early Wednesday power had been restored to most.

The Cicero fire and police departments are investigating the cause of both fires.

FOX 32 News contributed to this report.

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