I am sad to report that three Rogers Park businesses were destroyed in two separate fires Saturday.
The first fire, which started early Saturday morning in the basement of a building on the 7000 block of N. Clark (just north of Greenleaf), destroyed Nick Kosiek’s State Farm Insurance Agency at 7051 N. Clark and Dulciera Mexicana, a Mexican candy store at 7053 N. Clark. Nick opened his insurance agency less than two years ago and the candy store was purchased just recently by new owners.
El Famous Burrito (7047 N. Clark), which is part of a chain of a dozen restaurants in the Chicago area, is located immediately south of the destroyed storefronts, but fortunately escaped fire damage. The City, however, ordered El Famous closed and its windows boarded as a precaution pending an examination next week of the building’s structural supports. If the inspection reveals the building is safe, El Famous will reopen.
While fighting the blaze, a firefighter’s leg broke through the floor of the structure and he became disoriented. Fortunately, the firefighter was able to free himself and continued battling the blaze uninjured.
The building was empty at the time of the blaze and no one was injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
I visited the scene of the fire Saturday afternoon and spoke with the business owners, offering the assistance of my office and the City.
The second fire started shortly after 12:00 noon Saturday at Devon Auto Repair and Body Shop (6423 N. Ravenswood), in the 40th Ward portion of Rogers Park. No one was inside the business at the time of the fire, but a firefighter was injured fighting the fire and was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston where he is listed in stable condition.
Some nearby homes and businesses sustained water damage, but firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading.
The cause of the fire is under investigation
Both fires highlight the debt of gratitude we owe the brave men and women of the Chicago Fire Department. They put their lives on the line to contain both blazes, preventing further property damage and potential loss of life. Our thanks to our firefighters for a job well done.