(Photo by Maria Maxham)

Oak Park had no fireworks related incidents over the Fourth of July weekend, but the Oak Park Fire Department was still called into action last Friday when a fire broke out in a residential building in the 1000 block of South East Avenue.

“No one was at home at the time of the fire,” said Erik Jacobsen, the village of Oak Park’s social media manager. 

Firefighters responded to the scene at about 4:45 p.m. Crews reported smoke and flames overtaking the building’s first and second floors, spreading throughout the building. 

While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, it is believed to have begun in the basement of the building, according to Jakobsen. The building sustained heavy fire damage, leaving it uninhabitable.

Five residents have been displaced but have found alternative housing. 

“The family’s pet dog was rescued and revived with CPR and an oxygen mask at the scene,” said Jakobsen.

One firefighter sustained minor burns to his ear and face as a result of the fire but was transported to Loyola Medical Center where he was treated and released. 

“Due to the heavy fire load and size of the structure, a box alarm was sounded, bringing units from River Forest, Forest Park, Berwyn, Cicero, North Riverside and Stickney to the scene,” said Jacobsen.

Attempted armed robbery

Two men approached a man as he was driving through an ATM, showed handguns and demanded money at 2:10 a.m., June 30 in the 900 block of Madison Street. The victim was able to push one of the handguns away from his face and then drove off. The offenders were last seen traveling eastbound on Madison Street in a black Jeep Cherokee.


A resident was robbed while riding her bicycle when she was approached by two teenage boys. One grabbed her bike by the handlebars then took it from her, while the other boy watched at 6:35 p.m., June 29 in the 100 block of South Humphrey Avenue. The first boy fled the scene on the bicycle, while the second ran. The bike was recovered on the north side of South Humphrey, but the attached saddlebag, which contained the victim’s property, was removed. 


A man was observed via video surveillance breaking the window of Na Siam Thai Restaurant, 6851 North Ave., then removing cash from the register and a tablet from inside the restaurant at 2:57 a.m., June 25. The estimated loss is $1,200.

Motor vehicle theft

Someone took a vehicle, left with the keys inside, from the 1100 block of South Boulevard between 9 p.m., June 25 and 9 a.m., June 26. The estimated loss is $10,500.

The silver 2014 Hyundai Sonata reported stolen June 7 from the 700 block of South Maple Street was recovered by Chicago police without apprehension in the 1800 block of Sawyer Avenue in Chicago at 9:30 p.m., June 29.

Criminal property damage

All four tires belonging to a black 2017 Toyota RAV4 were slashed between 2 p.m., June 27 and 7:50 a.m., June 28 in the 400 block of Pleasant Street. Estimated damage is $1,000.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports June 26 through July 2 and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public’s help in making an arrest.

Compiled by Stacey Sheridan

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