One firefighter was injured and nearly a dozen businesses were destroyed in a large commercial fire Saturday night in East Chicago.
Chicago firefighters responded to a call around 4:30 p.m. reporting the flames shooting from the roof at a commercial building near the intersection of Tod and Chicago Avenues.
Dozens of employees and business owners were devastated as the building shot up in flames.
“17 years of files, I don’t know how that’s going to recovered,” said Maria Guillen, an employye at the Community Reinvestment Project of Chicago located in the front of the building. “This is going to put us back for quite some time now.”
The cause of the fire was unclear but flames were put out by 10 p.m. Saturday. One firefighter was sent to the hospital with an injured knee.
The building housed various offices, a body shop, a glass company, a metal shop, a recycling company and other businesses.