Flames Destroy Downtown Waukegan Building

Smoke could be seen miles away from a fire at a Waukegan Salvation Army

An old Salvation Army building in downtown Waukegan was engulfed in flames Wednesday morning, sending out thick smoke that could be seen from I-94 and Lake-Cook Road.

Firefighters struck out the blaze in the 100 block of South Sheridan Road about two hours after it began around 6 a.m. Crews on the scene said the building is beyond repair. The Salvation Army is part of a complex that also houses the Waukegan Township building, but firefighters were able to contain the fire.

No injuries were reported. Waukegan Fire Chief Daniel Young said the building has been empty for three or four years and no one was inside at the time of the fire.

The cause of the fire is not known.

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