Fire Engulfs Northwest Side Laundromat

Firefighters were still on the scene Monday morning after a Chicago laundromat became engulfed in flames overnight.

Around 2 a.m. fire crews were called to the JM Laundromat on the city’s Northwest Side to find a fire taking over the entire 6,000 square-foot building at 5130 W. Fullerton Ave.

For hours they battled the blaze, with flames shooting upwards of 40 feet into the air through the roof of the one-story structure, fire officials said.

Firefighters attempted to make their way into the laundromat, but were pushed back, thankfully, because the roof caved in just 30 minutes later, officials said.

The morning’s windy conditions helped in the battle, according to fire crews, as the powerful gusts stopped the flames from spreading further.

“We could have had garages and houses on fire,” Chicago Fire Department Battalion Chief Thomas McCormack said. “The wind was with us tonight."

No injuries were reported and no one was inside when emergency responders arrived, but the laundromat is destroyed, officials said.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

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