CHICAGO (CBS) — Fire investigators were in Humboldt Park on Wednesday, trying to determine what sparked a massive blaze that destroyed a large flea market.
Marilu Gianni, like many vendors who work at Buyers Flea Market, showed up to the 4500 block of West Division Street on the day after the devastating fire, hoping to be able to get into what’s left of the building to see if anything inside is salvageable.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Warming Trend Continues, Rain Chances Persist
For several hours Tuesday, flames swept through the two-block-long flea market, fueled by the many cars in its large parking lot and auto repair shop, as well as many flammable wares inside the unsprinklered building.
The flea market included a two-level parking garage, and officials said many cars were destroyed in the blaze, including several vehicles that were parked on the upper level and fell into the burning building as portions of the upper parking deck collapsed.
Police were keeping everyone out of the building Wednesday morning. Soke was still billowing from the ruins, and firefighters were still keeping an eye on hot spots to keep the fire from flaring up again.
“Everything is gone. I mean, clothes, shoes. Everything has to be burned, you know?” Gianni said.