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Fire at Harry’s Lumber Company Halts Metra Trains on Union Pacific Northwest Line, Chicago

Tue October 20 2015 5:21 am  http://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/?p=75814
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UPDATE: Fire has rekindled at about 7:00 a.m. Check Metra for updates on train passage through the area.

UPDATE: Hold released on Metra Train traffic at 5:42 a.m. Train #602, scheduled to arrive Chicago at 6:10 AM, is operating 12 minutes behind schedule due to a fire adjacent to the tracks.

Chicago police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 4:00 AM Tuesday to a fire at Harry’s Lumber 6220 North Northwest Highway Chicago, IL. Police and firefighter/paramedics arrived to find smoke coming from the roof of the Harry’s Lumber Company building. Smoke was coming from several overhead doors and the fire operations was defensive.

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Firefighters enter overhead door at extra alarm fire at Harry’s Lumber Company on Northwest Highway in Chicago (PHOTO CREDIT: Chicago Fire Media).

A lot of fire was reported inside the building. Hose lines were placed across Northwest Highway.

The building is 100 x 150 square feet. No fire was through the roof at 4:22 a.m.

The fire was response was upgraded to a Still and Box Alarm at 4:02 a.m.

The fire response was upgraded to a 2-11 alarm at 4:26 a.m.

Metra trains on the Northwest Line were halted near Norwood Park just before 5:00 a.m.

Inbound and outbound train movement has been halted in both directions near Norwood Park on the Metra/Union Pacific Norhwest Line due to a fire near the tracks. The duration of this delay is unknown. Please listen to platform announcements for delay times or refer to Rail-Time Tracker located on metrarail.com for current delay information. Updates will be provided.

According to Chicago Fire Media, a 5-11 fire occurred at the same location on October 19, 1990.

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