The Friday night fire in Chicago's Wrigleyville neighborhood wiped out a couple of local businesses but could have been worse. A woman and her dog were saved by Chicago firefighters from a neighboring building during the blaze around 5pm while the smokey situation was brought under control.
The fire allegedly started at a hookah bar in the commercial building at 3330 N. Clark St, and then erupted into an explosion of fire and smoke which smothered the neighborhood, delayed traffic, and closed several businesses in the area.
According to the Chicago Sun Times, "Alex Negreti, executive chef at Blokes and Birds across the street, noticed the smell of smoke and went outside just n time to see fire trucks pulling up. The firefighters “started breaking the windows and all of a sudden something blew up.” Negreti said debris from the explosion flew all the way across the street and “firefighters started running away.”
Chicago Fire Department Chief Joseph Roccasalva said, "The fire was put out within two hours but there were still hot spots until 10pm." The woman and her dog were rescued from a neighboring residential building, but The Roadhouse bar and the Thai Classic restaurant, were destroyed during the blaze.
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