Fire destroys 2 North Side auto shops, 1 injured, Chicago Fire Department says

CHICAGO (WLS) — A fire broke out Saturday morning at two auto shops on the North Side, sending one person to the hospital, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

It erupted Saturday morning around 5 a.m. in the 5000 block of N. Clark just on the border of the Ravenswood and Andersonville neighborhoods.

The fire sent smoke for miles.

Firefighters were able to respond within three minutes of the call, which officials say had a significant impact on bringing the blaze under control.

One person was transported to Weiss Hospital in fair condition, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

It likely started in the Smashy Automotive shop and then spread to the side of the Star Auto Repair shop, CFD said. The roofs of both buildings collapsed.

Products in stores further intensified the blaze, firefighters said.

“Obviously the chemicals and the type of construction. The body shop is a truss roof, it’s the most dangerous roof we can start fires under,” said Chief Thomas Carbonneau, CFD 1st district.

Neighbors said they woke up to the sound of explosions

“I heard a muffled explosion,” Chris Randell said. “I sat down and heard three bigger trucks, boom, boom, boom and firefighters coming from all directions.”

Firefighters were able to save the nearby Orange Theory fitness center. This business suffered water damage.

The fire department said crews will be at the scene all day containing hot spots.

The fire forced organizers to cancel the nearby Waldos Forever Festival.

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A cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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