Bridgeport warehouse fire rekindles

Fire rekindles at warehouse gutted by blaze earlier this week.

Fire rekindles at warehouse gutted by blaze earlier this week.
(WGN-TV / January 24, 2013)

Flames have rekindled this morning at a Bridgeport warehouse that was gutted by a massive extra-alarm fire earlier this week.

Fire officials had expected the fire to start up again because of the magnitude of the 5-11 alarm blaze and the old timber in the warehouse, according to Chicago Fire Department spokeswoman Meg Ahlheim.

"We expected it. We have companies working there again," she said. "We were working there well into yesterday." 

The initial fire broke out at the former Harris Marcus Group building at 3757 S. Ashland Ave. Tuesday evening. Extra alarms were quickly called as the fire spread throughout the warehouse and the roof collapsed and the more than 200 firefighters contended with frozen hydrants and icy ladders.

Chicago Fire Cmsr. Jose Santiago said the fire was Chicago's largest in seven years. "This was a very large fire, unbelievable fire load, a lot of wood, timber, old stuff, varnish," Santiago said on the scene. "Once it caught, it caught and ran.

"Everything is wood inside these buildings, beautiful fa├žades on the outside. They've been up for a long time. When they start burning like this, they start coming down," Santiago said.

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