Updated: October 15, 2013 10:13AM
The Chicago Fire Department is searching the smoldering remains of a Park Manor building after a “suspicious” fire collapsed the home early Tuesday.
The two-story building in the 7300 block of South Vincennes caught fire about 1:10 a.m., according to Fire Media Affairs.
Accelerants were found at the scene where a small explosion appeared to have occurred early on during the fire, Langford said.
Neighbors told firefighters that a small family had been living in the building, but it was unclear Tuesday morning whether the home was occupied at the time of the blaze, according to Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford.
No neighbors reported seeing the family at the home the day before the fire, he said.
Firefighters were initially unable to search the entire building because it was “very unstable,” Langford said. A demolition crew is taking apart the building Tuesday morning so the rest of the site can be searched.