A structure fire broke out at 227 South Blvd. in Oak Park two days before Christmas, resulting in one Oak Park firefighter being injured. No citizens were injured in the blaze. The origin of the fire is under investigation.
Oak Park firefighters arrived onsite at 12:23 a.m., Dec. 23 to find smoke visible from a vacant first-floor storefront. The flames spread through the walls up to the building’s second- and third-floor residences and moved to surrounding units, according to a news release from the village of Oak Park.
The fire was deemed under control by 3:30 a.m., with the assistance of firefighters from Berwyn, Cicero, Forest Park, North Riverside, Franklin Park, Broadview, Stickney and Elmwood Park.
The injured Oak Park firefighter was transferred to Loyola University Medical Center and has since returned to full duty.
A total of 36 units in and near the building were impacted by fire and smoke, as well as from water damage and utilities being shut off. All residents affected by the fire were safely evacuated and relocated to safe and warm locations, with many displaced residents making temporary living arrangements with family and friends.
The American Red Cross assisted in finding shelter for the others.