Chicago firefighters battle 2 Back of the Yards fires, with apartment blaze investigated as arson

Chicago firefighters battle 2 Back of the Yards fires, with apartment blaze investigated as arson

CHICAGO (TOC) — A fireplace compelled folks from their condominium Sunday night time in Chicago’s Again of the Yards neighborhood, and police have known as it arson.

Chicago firefighters additionally responded to a different fireplace in the identical neighborhood.

Simply earlier than 9 p.m., a fireplace broke out at forty fifth and Wooden streets and police mentioned they responded to a house which is cut up into residences the place two folks have been displaced.

“I noticed a mother and her daughter,” Again of the Yards resident Jasmine Mayfield mentioned. “They have been residing there, so I am undecided who was staying upstairs however for downstairs, I do know for certain they obtained out.”

Police mentioned it was later decided that an accelerant was used to start out the hearth and it is being investigated as arson. Nobody was taken into custody.

“That is tousled,” Beatriz Reilly, Again of the Yards resident, mentioned. “I can not consider any person would truly do one thing like that.”

“I don’t know who would even goal that constructing proper there or something like that as a result of there’s nothing actually happening over there,” Mayfield mentioned.

About 45 minutes later, firefighters needed to battle one other extra-alarm fireplace close to forty third and Honore streets, simply blocks from the opposite fireplace.

Maria Diaz thought she heard photographs at first, then she noticed flames 4 homes down.

“Nicely I heard a bunch of gunshots but it surely was like an explosion, however I believed it was gunshots, however you do not know on this neighborhood,” Diaz mentioned.

4 houses burned and 15 folks have been displaced with no reported accidents.

A extra devastating view of the charred houses could possibly be seen from the backyards.

Diaz mentioned she thinks the fires in two separate places across the identical time Sunday night time appears too suspicious.

“One thing associated,” she mentioned. “That is what I feel however I am undecided ,you recognize I may say a number of issues, however I am undecided.”

CFD mentioned they’re contemplating the whole lot in relation to the causes and origins of each fires and are additionally wanting into potential hyperlinks.

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