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Video: Chicago FFs battle blaze inside concrete supermarket

Heavy equipment was needed to breach the concrete structure for ventilation


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By Bill Carey

CHICAGO — Chicago firefighters had a difficult time fighting a fire in a Chinatown supermarket on Aug. 23. The all-concrete structure made ventilation difficult for firefighters.

Firefighters responded to the two-alarm fire at the Park to Shop grocery store on South Archer Avenue at approximately 3:30 a.m., WLS reported.

A Chicago Fire Department district chief said the city’s building department was called to bring heavy equipment to pierce the walls.

Excessive heat added to the difficulty in fighting the fire, causing firefighters to be rotated through a rehab sector for evaluation by EMS.

It took firefighters several hours to extinguish the fire. There were no reported injuries.

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