Apartment fire on Lyman

No one injured in early morning blaze

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

The Oak Park Fire Department was called out on Friday, May 11, to extinguish a fire at a 34-unit apartment building at 910 S. Lyman, according to village spokesman David Powers.

Powers said in a telephone interview that the fire broke out in a third-floor unit at about 5:30 a.m.

"When firefighters arrived on the scene, they could see flames coming from the kitchen of the third-floor apartment," Powers said.

He said no injuries were reported.

"The first thing they did is make sure everybody was evacuated," Powers said. "They had it out in about 30 minutes."

Two apartments were damaged in the blaze – one where the fire is believed to have originated and the apartment below, which had water damage.

"They also went in and checked the ceiling to make sure no fire got in the floor between the two apartments," Powers said.

He said the fire appears to have started in the kitchen, but no cause has yet been determined.

Firefighters from Forest Park, River Forest and Berwyn assisted in extinguishing the fire, Powers said.

Separately, Oak Park Fire Chief Tom Ebsen said in a telephone interview that the fire department has completed its investigation of a fire that took place at a 10-unit condo building at 327 Wisconsin Ave. on April 1.

The cause of the fire, which resulted in the death of tenant Craig B. Wilson, 48, could not be determined, Ebsen said.

CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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