A four-alarm fire at an auto parts supply factory spread into adjoining warehouses Thursday morning to consume a massive piece of Chicago’s West Side.
More than 250 firefighters and 90 emergency vehicles were on scene at the height of the blaze.
At about 8:46 a.m., firefighters responded to a fire on the roof of Best Value Autobody Supply that would grow to cover a 200-foot area, local media report. Firefighter adopted a defensive posture after several structure collapses.
The fire department reported having difficulty getting water to the fire. High winds also contributed to the emergency.
Nearly 50 workers safely evacuated the building. Emergency personnel treated one worker who suffered no injuries.
The fire is also being treated as a hazardous materials incident. Fire officials estimated the blaze would be extinguished before 1 p.m.