Chicago Firefighters battle blaze at Chatham Dollar store

Adam Sege with the Chicago Tribune reports Chicago Firefighters battled a difficult over night blaze at the Chatham Dollar Store. Fire was held at the 2-11.

Chicago Fire Department District Chief Tim Sampey discusses the firefighting effort. (Posted on January 17, 2014).

Firefighters extinguished an extra-alarm fire that tore through a dollar store in the South Side’s Chatham neighborhood early this morning, a fire supervisor said.

The fire in the Dollar & Up store, at the southwest corner of East 75th Street and South Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, was reported at 12:12 a.m., Chicago Fire Department District Chief Tim Sampey said.

Firefighters found a “heavy volume of fire” in the store and elevated it to a 2-11 alarm as they worked to keep it from spreading to an adjacent business, Sampey said.

After learning that no one was believed to be inside, firefighters fought in defensive mode, attacking the fire from the outside of the building.

A firefighter who injured his hand battling the fire was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center. Despite the collapse of the building’s roof, no other injuries were reported.

Firefighters kept the flames from spreading to the adjacent Cricket store and extinguished the blaze at 1:30 a.m.

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