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For the second time in 25 years, the owners of Harry’s Lumber are vowing to rebuild after a fire destroyed their warehouse in Norwood Park, reports The Chicago Tribune.
“We’ll be back bigger than ever,” Ira Rosenthal said at the scene of the extra-alarm fire at 6220 N. Northwest Highway Tuesday morning.
His words echoed those of his father, Jerry Rosenthal, after a fire leveled the business 25 years and one day ago on Oct. 19, 1990.
Tuesday’s fire was reported just after 4 a.m. a few blocks from Devon and Harlem avenues on the Northwest Side, officials said.
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Ira Rosenthal said he received a call at 2:30 a.m. that the motion detector in the warehouse went off, but thought that it was an animal or bird that had gotten in. Then he received a call from one of his employees telling him that his business was burning.
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“I can’t believe it’s happening to me again,” Rosenthal said. “But we’ve been in business for 75 years and we’re definitely going to reopen. You have to think positive.”
The fire was quickly raised to a 2-11 alarm, sending 50 pieces of equipment and about 130 firefighters and paramedics. It was mostly out by about 5:50 a.m. and some units left, but the fire rekindled and it was raised to a 3-11 alarm around 7:30 a.m., with flames shooting through the roof and buckling the walls.
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