2-Alarm Fire Guts Auto Shop

Firefighter suffers minor injuries

Sunday, Sep 11, 2011  |  Updated 1:18 PM CDT
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2-Alarm Fire Guts Auto Shop

Chicago Fire Department Media Affairs

Fire gutted this auto shop in the 5600 block of West Grand Avenue.

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A firefighter was injured while battling an extra-alarm fire that gutted an auto repair shop on the Northwest Side Sunday morning.

Firefighters battled the blaze at 5614 W. Grand Ave. from at least 6:20 a.m., according to Fire Media Affairs, which said the fire was elevated to a two-alarm blaze. A Level 1 HazMat was also called.

A business named Danny’s Auto Glass is listed at that address, according to online directories. Dispatch reports also indicated that the business was an auto body shop.

Firefighters used three hoses to fight the fire, according to Fire Media Affairs.

The fire was already through the roof of the 1-story, 100-foot by 100-foot truss roof building by the time firefighters arrived, Fire Chief Joe Roccasalva said. Because it was a truss roof building, which increases the danger to firefighters battling the blaze, and since the fire was already through the truss roof, firefighters fought the blaze from outside the building, Roccasalva said.

The building was gutted by the blaze.

A firefighter suffered minor injuries while fighting the fire, Roccasalva said. The firefighter was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment.

A 3-story apartment buidling just to the north of the body shop was evacuated "as a precaution," Roccasalva said. Firefighters were able to the keep the fire from spreading to this building, and another smaller building that abuts it.

The fire was struck out at 7:25 a.m.

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