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No injuries in extra-alarm fire in North Center

Updated: June 26, 2012 5:46AM



No one was hurt in an extra-alarm fire in the North Center neighborhood on the North Side early Tuesday.

The fire broke out a little after 1 a.m., according to Fire Media Affairs.

The blaze engulfed three homes in the 1900 block of West Larchmont Avenue, and the response was raised to a 3-11 alarm about 1:30 a.m., according to Fire Media Affairs.

Three additional homes were evacuated on the block, and there were a total of seven adults and three children displaced for the night, according to Fire Media Affairs.

Andre Sottile, 62, who lives with his 85-year-old mother Marion and a roommate in the home nextdoor to where the fire started said he was woken up by firefighters in their home and taken out of the building.

“It’s gone,” Sottile said of his home, which did not catch fire but had many of its windows kicked out and was blackened with soot. “It looks like a total loss.”

Sottile said the house where the fire started was vacant and under construction.

The flames in that building were extinguished about 2:30 a.m., but firefighters were still chasing hot spots in one of the other buildings at about 3:30 a.m.

An extra-alarm calls for at least 8 engines, four trucks, two tower ladders, an ambulance and the Command Van to the scene.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation early Tuesday.



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