A woman suffered non-life threatening burns in an apartment building fire late Friday afternoon. The fire started on the third floor apartment of a six unit apartment building at 630 Wenonah Ave. The woman, who fire officials described as in her 40’s, reportedly attempted to put the fire out, suffering first and second degree burns to her face, hands and knees in the process. She was walked to an ambulance and taken to the Loyola Medical Center Bun Unit in Maywood . Her husband, who was reportedly on the second floor of the building at the time, was not injured.
Oak Park Fire Department Battalion Chief Kevin Wiley said that due to the volume of fire visible when the first units arrived after the initial call at 5:16 p.m., a box alarm was called, summoning fire fighters from six surrounding municipalities, including River Forest, Forest Park, North Riverside, and Cicero. While a large section of the roof on the southwest corner of the roof was visibly destroyed, Wiley said that fire firefighters were able to contain the fire damage to the two story upper apartment, though he said that the apartment directly below the fire likely suffered some water damage.
“The roof is pretty well gone,” said Wiley.
The blaze was officially stricken around 6:15 p.m. As of 7 p.m. officials had not determined a cause for the fire.