Three-Alarm Fire Levels Lakeview (IL) Building

Smoke spread through much of Lakeview this evening as crews battled an extra-alarm fire and rescued a woman and a dog from an adjoining building, reports The Chicago Tribune.

Crews took a little more than 1-1/2 hours to extinguish the fire at 3330 N. Clark St., which demolished the one-story building, but there were no reports of injuries said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.

A woman who was sleeping when the fire started and a dog were rescued by firefighters from a building just to the south of the building, and firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to both that frame building and another wooden building just north, he said.

The fire was raised to a 3-11 alarm response about 5:45 p.m. and struck out about 7 p.m., Langford said.

Fire commanders called a Mayday alert for trapped firefighters just after 8:30 p.m., when the ceiling in a portion of the building that had housed a Thai restaurant collapsed, but all firefighters were soon accounted for.

“It’s a wonder that the fire didn’t get ahold of that building” to the south, which was separated from the fire building by only about eight inches, Langford said.

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