Four-alarm blaze in vacant Cicero warehouse extinguished
BY SAM CHARLES AND LEEANN SHELTON Staff Reporters January 21, 2014 7:28PM
Updated: January 22, 2014 1:10AM
A four-alarm fire was extinguished early Wednesday in Cicero, where flames had consumed most of a vacant warehouse and spread to a nearby building, according to the town’s fire department.
On Tuesday evening, flames were shooting from the roof of the building at 1829 54th Ave., town spokesman Ray Hanania said.
Crews first responded to the fire about 6:15 p.m. They had no reports of anyone inside the building.
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.
About 1,600 households in neighboring Berwyn lost power, but as of early Wednesday power had been restored to most homes.
The CTA was operating shuttle buses between the 54th/Cermak and Pulaski Pink Line stations while crews worked on the fire but trains were running again early Wednesday.
Firefighters from Stickney, Berwyn and other nearby communities helping to douse the blaze. The cause of the fire was not known.