Updated 12/10/14 – 4:13 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago firefighters were battling an extra-alarm blaze Wednesday morning at a popular South Loop steakhouse.READ MORE: City Not Issuing Timely Speed Cam Warning Tickets, Costing Drivers: 'No Time For Me To Change My Behavior'
The fire started around 10:30 a.m. at the Chicago Firehouse Restaurant, at 1401 S. Michigan Av.
Flames and heavy smoke poured through the roof, and the Fire Department eventually upgraded the fire to a 3-11 alarm, bringing a total of about 125 firefighters, 12 engines, 4 trucks, and 2 tower ladders, 6 battalion chiefs, two deputy district chiefs, a district chief, a deputy fire commissioner, a command van, an air mask truck, and an ambulance to the scene.
The roof collapsed in the blaze. The Fire Department said there was construction work underway on the roof Wednesday morning, and workers were using four 100-pound propane tanks.
Dorothy O’Malley, the mother of restaurant owner Matthew O’Malley, said the fire is devastating for the family.
“I have memories from the very beginning when it was being renovated to yesterday evening when I had dinner with the new pastor of Old St. Mary’s,” she said.