Firefighters Battle Series of Overnight Fires

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    Firefighters were called the 5200 block of West Barry after a family said their space heater sparked a fire in their attic.

    A series of fires had crews battling blazes in sub-freezing temperatures overnight Sunday, including one blaze that left a dozen people displaced.

    Firefighters responded to the 10000 block of South Commercial Avenue just before 7 p.m. Saturday, where a one-story restaurant, sitting between two two-story buildings, caught fire, officials said.

    The fire in the basement and walls of the restaurant severely damaged the building and four adults and eight children were displaced, according to Fire Media Affairs.

    No injuries were reported in the fire and the cause was under investigation.

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    Just after 1 a.m. Sunday, firefighters were called the 5200 block of West Barry after a one-and-a-half story home caught fire.

    No one was injured in the fire, but three people were displaced.

    An emergency fire cleanup crew at the scene said the fire is believed to have been started by a space heater in the home.

    And emergency cleanup crews say their business is booming lately, in part, because of residents using space heaters.

    “It’s cold and people use different heaters,” said David Cross of Prestige Contracting Services. "The cord gets hot and it goes into the wall and starts a fire."

    On the South Side, a fire blazed on the second floor of a four-story apartment building, officials said.

    The blaze was struck out by 6:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the Chicago Fire Department, and no injuries were reported.

    The cause of the fire remained under investigation Sunday.