Crews Demolish Wrigleyville Buildings After Extra-Alarm Fire

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    Demolition crews are working to clear the debris from a building fire near Wrigley Field. Some business owners nearby are worried the clean up might mean less customer traffic this weekend. NBC5's Regina Waldroup reports.

    One day after a fast moving fire tore through Wrigleyville businesses, crews demolished what was left of the buildings in the 3300 block of Clark Street.

    Officials said Saturday the cause fo the fire was still undetermined. Initial reports indicate it began in one of the bars in the strip, but further analysis is needed to determine the cause, according to Chicago Fire Media.

    It took nearly two hours to put the fire out Friday as flames roared and smoke billowed out of the residential buildings in Wrigleyville. Officials said the blaze affected three area businesses including Roadhouse 66, the Samah Hookah Lounge, and Thai Classic.

    “We are sad,” said Ald. Tom Tunney. “But we'll be back. That's for sure.”

    Residents Shocked by Wrigleyville Fire

    [CHI] Residents Shocked by Wrigleyville Fire
    A fire in Chicago's Wrigleyville neighborhood left many area residents in shock. Rob Elgas reports.

    But on the popular Clark street strip Saturday, nearby businesses said they were feeling the affects of the fire.

    At El Jardin Mexican restaurant, tables sat empty and workers said that's not the norm for a Saturday night.

    “People are avoiding it now. It’s sad,” said worker Veva Ortiz.

    Meanwhile, a company that specializes in cleaning up after fires is on the scene, working on homes and businesses that have smoke damage.

    “It’s an extensive process,” said Vince Sabella with Mister Restoration.