A four-alarm fire destroyed a 22-unit apartment building on the 200-block of Washington Blvd. at roughly 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. 40 Oak Park residents are now displaced as a result of the fire, according to the Tribune.
Respondents arrived at the scene to find the rear of the structure ablaze, where it appears the fire started, according to village officials.
Theresa Davis, a resident who lives on the third floor of the building, spoke with ABC 7 Chicago:
“It’s like something had exploded in just mid-air. All of a sudden there was a rush of smoke that just, like, engulfed through our apartment and it’s like we heard the windows busting and everything. We were like, ‘Oh my god, it’s an explosion!’ So I was like, ‘Let’s get out of the house, get out of the house!’ We couldn’t think of anything else to do but hurry and race out.”
No injuries were reported. The displaced residents watched from a Pace bus as the fire department worked to extinguish the blaze.
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