VIDEO: ABC Chopper 7 HD Watching Over Chicago Firefighters Battling Apartment House Fire on 58th St and SUV Fire Blocks Away

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Police, firefighter, and paramedics from Chicago responded about 5:27 a.m., Monday April 27, 2020 to a report of a house fire in the block of 300 West 58th in Chicago just west of I-94.

Firefighters on arrival about 5:32 a.m. reported smoke showing from the 2 1/2-story flat roof apartment house with exposures on each side.

Firefighters had two lines on the fire by about 5:37 a.m. with one line on the apartment house and one line on an exposure next door to the east. A large smoke plume was also blowing west-southwest to east-northeast.

Winds reported at the NWS station at Midway International Airport
SW 6 MPH 5:53 a.m.
SW 7 MPH 6:53 a.m. and 7:53 a.m.
SW 14 MPH Gusting 22 MPH 10:53 a.m.

A Still and Box Alarm was activated about 5:42 a.m. Firefighters were in defensive mode during part of the fire.

Engine 84 and Tower 37 were at the front of the building. Engine 116 was at the rear of the building on an alley type roadway.

Three companies: Engine 54, Truck 51, Squad 5 were working overhaul at about 6:30 a.m., according to Command Vehicle 2-7-4, which was parked on westbound 58th Street at Princeton Avenue.

No injuries were initially reported, but least five people were displaced by the fire.

The fire was initially understood to have started in a rear section of the home.

ABC Chopper 7 HD was watching overhead and also discovered (at about 00:01:20 of the 01:07:24 video) an SUV fire several blocks southeast of the apartment house fire on Prairie Avenue just south of Marquette Road, just south of the Chicago Skyway (I-90). The video shows a fully-involved SUV fire in the midst of the Still and Box apartment house fire with a fire engine responding to the vehicle fire with police first on the scene.

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