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Monday, July 4, 2011

West Side Fire Leaves One Person Homeless

A 2-alarm fire at 204 Ludlow Street in the West Side leaving one person homeless. District Chief Gerry Morris says heavy, black smoke was seen coming from the 2-storey apartment building at 2:30 Sunday afternoon, but the building's sole occupant was not at home when the flames broke out. Morris says the fire appeared to have started in the rear of the building and quickly spread to the roof.

Morris says he had to pull crews out of the building at one point in anticipation of the roof collapsing. The vinyl siding of a home on the left melted under the fire's intense heat.

Crews spent more than 5 hours on the scene and fire investigators are now trying to determine the cause of the blaze.