Fire at Food Processing Plant Causes Roof Collapse

The extra-alarm fire could mean a total loss of the building.


November 16, 2023

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Food processing plant's roof collapses from fire
The extra-alarm fire pulled in extra crews to fight the flames.Image courtesy of GeorgiNutsov / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Firefighters spent nearly three hours battling an extra-alarm fire this morning at a warehouse in the Back of the Yards neighborhood of Chicago's South Side, reports local CBS news.

The fire started at a warehouse at the Evans Food Group processing plant around 8:30 a.m. Chicago Fire Department officials said the fire was later raised to a 3-11 alarm, bringing in extra crews to fight the flames.

Heavy flames and thick black smoke could be seen coming from the roof of the warehouse.

District Chief Jim McDonough said the fire spread from the original warehouse where it started to at least two connected buildings. The roofs of all three buildings collapsed during the fire.

Crews used ladder trucks and five large hand lines to contain the fire from the outside before it was safe to go inside the building to extinguish the remaining flames.

McDonough said the warehouse stores pork products and grease that both helped fuel the blaze.

As of the news report, it appears the building will be a total loss.

Approximately 150 people work at the warehouse, but it was unclear how many employees were inside when the fire started. McDonough said everyone got out of safely before firefighters arrived.

The fire was out by around 11 a.m., but crews were to remain on the scene to douse any hotspots to prevent the fire from flaring up again.

No injuries were reported. 

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