Hundreds Displaced by Blaze at Prospect Heights Condo Complex

Fire has left homeless hundreds of residents of a suburban Chicago condominium complex.

About 150 firefighters from 50 departments near Prospect Heights battled the fire, which Prospect Heights Fire Chief Drew Smith said began about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and continued into late evening. At least three people were injured.

Smith said the fire began in one 24-unit building and then spread to two other buildings. Firefighters were able to prevent the blaze from spreading to a fourth nearby building.

Smith said two of the three buildings will be total losses and the third building suffered some fire damage and significant smoke and water damage.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

Prospect Heights Mayor Nicolas Helmer says several hundred residents were displaced. The Red Cross of Chicago said responders are at the scene to help provide food, shelter and emotional support to displaced residents.

Those hoping to help residents impacted by the fire can donate through the Red Cross website or click 1800-435-7669.

School District 21 has also set up a website for donations that will go specifically to the families of students in the area.

New or gently used clothing donations will be accepted at:

River Trails Condominium Association

811 Apple Drive

Prospect Heights, IL 60070

Clothing drives will be taking place on:

Friday, July 20

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Monday, July 23

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, July 24

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Further questions can be answered by Prospect Heights City Hall at 847-398-6070 ext. 206.

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