Nine fire departments helped the Oak Park Fire Department extinguish a fire that broke out in a North Avenue building late afternoon Monday, June 27. Four apartments were left uninhabitable and 10 people were left displaced by the fire, according to Oak Park spokesperson Angela Schell.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation but originated in the central hallway and extended into the attic of 6149 W. North Ave., a three-story mixed-use building with commercial businesses on the first floor and 14 apartment units above.
Oak Park fire fighters arrived at the scene at 4:10 p.m., June 27. A box alarm was quickly requested due to the fire’s spread through the building. Three handlines, or fire hoses, were deployed to extinguish the fire with the help of 45 firefighters from nine neighboring fire departments. The fire was successfully extinguished by 5:30 p.m.
One Oak Park firefighter received a minor burn that did not necessitate treatment. No other injuries have been reported. The Red Cross assisted with the 10 displaced residents. The other tenants were able to return to their apartments.
No surrounding buildings were damaged.