Melrose Park Firefighters, Area Firefighters Fight Fire Involving 4 Apartment Buildings on 36th Ave Near North Ave in Stone Park

Fire investigators responded to determine the cause of the destruction of four Stone Park apartment buildings.

Police from Stone Park and firefighter/paramedics from Melrose Park Fire Department responded about 2:45 p.m. Saturday, September 5, 2020 to a report of an apartment fire at the rear of the building at 1822 36th Avenue in Stone Park. The fire spread to three buildings by about 3:00 p.m. Some of the buildings in the neighborhood have rear decks, and their are detached garage with power lines in the rear alley of the neighborhood.

UPDATE: Twelve families were displaced after an extra alarm fire destroyed 12 apartment units in four 3-story apartment buildings and damaged two or three detached garages. Initially fire investigators believe fire started in wooden multi-story back porches.

A MABAS Division 20 Box Alarm #300 was activated at 2:50 p.m. A Box Alarm to the Second Level was activated at 3:02 p.m. with Fire Command reporting three 3-Flat buildings on fire. A Box Alarm to the Third Level was activated at 3:30 p.m.

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Firefighters from Bellwood, Franklin Park, and Northlake responded to the Box Alarm at 2:50 p.m. Maywood firefighters stood by in a Melrose Park fire stations.

Firefighters from Maywood, Leyden, Schiller Park, River Grove responded to the 2nd Level Box Alarm at 3:02 p.m. River Forest firefighters stood by in a Melrose Park fire station.

Firefighters from Rosemont, Broadview, Westchester, Elmwood Park LaGrange Park (?), Franklin Park, and Hillside responded to the 3rd Level Box Alarm at 3:30 p.m.

The American Red Cross also responded to the scene.

The information in this article is an early report published before any summary information was confirmed or released by police or fire authorities.

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Twelve apartment units were destroyed following a fire Saturday afternoon in Stone Park.




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