Officials Investigate String of Bridgeport Garage Fires

Residents say arson investigators were in the area after four overnight fires

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014  |  Updated 7:35 PM CDT
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Chicago fire investigators on Thursday were investigating a string of early morning garage fires in the Bridgeport neighborhood, including one that caused flame-licked electrical transformers to explode.

Chicago fire investigators on Thursday were investigating a string of early morning garage fires in the Bridgeport neighborhood, including one that caused flame-licked electrical transformers to explode.

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The fire started shortly before 6 a.m. in a alley-facing garage on the 3300 block of South Morgan Street. Mike Lorber reports from Sky5 during the NBC 5 NEWS TODAY on April 24, 2014.

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Chicago fire investigators on Thursday were investigating a string of early morning garage fires in the Bridgeport neighborhood, including one that caused flame-licked electrical transformers to explode.

Crews were called to three fires on the 3600 block of South Street during the 4 a.m. hour. No injuries were reported in any of those incidents and firefighters were able to quickly douse the flames.

A fire that started shortly before 6 a.m. in an alley-facing garage on the 3300 block of South Morgan Street was a little more significant. Crews from Commonwealth Edison were called in to shut down the power to the area after sparks emanated from overhead power lines and transformers.

Officials said a car inside the garage was on fire.

One ambulance transported a firefighter to Mercy Hospital & Medical Center but the injury was not believed to be serious.

Crews were able to keep the fire away from neighboring structures and had the fire out by 6:20 a.m.

There was no confirmation from fire officials that the incidents were works of arsonists, but residents in the area said arson investigators were in the neighborhood.
 

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