Woman, dog saved in extra-alarm fire in Wrigleyville
BY ART GOLAB Staff Reporter October 25, 2013 7:24PM
Firefighters battle an extra-alarm fire Friday afternoon in Wrigleyville. The three-alarm fire was at a building in the 3300 block of North Clark Street, Photo for the Sun-Times by Alex Wroblewski.
Updated: November 27, 2013 6:14AM
There was a little more excitement than usual Friday night in Wrigleyville when a blaze erupted in a Hookah bar, destroying that business and two others in a one-story brick building at 3330 N. Clark St.
No one was injured — and a woman and a dog were rescued from the second floor of an adjacent three-story frame building to the south, Chicago Fire Department Chief Joseph Roccasalva said.
Firefighters also managed to save the frame building and an three-story commercial brick structure to the north from serious damage.
The fire started around 5 p.m. in the heart of a busy commercial and nightlife strip and snarled traffic, closed businesses and forced rerouting of the Number 22 Clark Street bus. However, nearby CTA Red and Brown elevated lines were not affected. Alex Negreti, executive chef at Blokes and Birds across the street, noticed the smell of smoke and went outside just n time to see fire trucks pulling up.
The firefighters “started breaking the windows and all of a sudden something blew up.”
Negreti said debris from the explosion flew all the way across the street and “firefighters started running away.”
The whole building was quickly engulfed in flames, but when firefighters started pouring water, heavy smoke reduced visibility in neighborhood to a few feet, Negreti said.
Roccasalva confirmed what he called a “smoke explosion,” but said firefighters quickly gained control of the fire, putting it out within two hours. But there were still hot spots as of 10 p.m., officials said. Roccasalva said the fire started in the Samah Hookah Lounge. Two other businesses in the building, the Roadhouse bar and the Thai Classic restaurant, were destroyed.