Two Weeks Later, Burned Warehouse Still Smoking

Click here to read the entire story...  Firefighters pour water on an ice-covered warehouse. (Susanna Song/CBS)

Click here to read the entire story… Firefighters pour water on an ice-covered warehouse. (Susanna Song/CBS)

CHICAGO (CBS) — Two weeks after a huge warehouse fire broke on the city’s South Side, there is still some smoke coming from the rubble and neighbors are concerned.

Firefighters raised a 5-11 alarm, and two special alarms, for the blaze. That brought approximately 200 firefighters and more than 50 fire companies — about a third of the city’s fire vehicles — to the scene at 3757 S. Ashland Av., on the border between Bridgeport and McKinley Park.

Anne Kaminski calls the warehouse fire “Old Smokey.”

“It’s horrible, that fire. It was a smelly fire and people are concerned.”

Concerned, she says, about what residents have been breathing.

“You hear long-term about people developing cancer or breathing problems,” Kaminski said. “That’s all I want to know, is this safe?”

Kaminski lives a few doors away from the old, smoldering building.

She said on Monday she couldn’t stop sneezing as she shoveled snow.

“I have never had that problem before,” Kaminski said.

There is even evidence of fire inside her house.

“On the ledges, there is all kinds of black soot,” she said.

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