CHICAGO (CBS) — A laundromat in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood was destroyed overnight when flames raged for more than three hours before firefighters put out the fire.
The fire started shortly before 2 a.m. at JM Coin Laundry, at 5130 W. Fullerton Av.
The biggest challenge was a large gas line that runs through the building. Fire officials said it was difficult to shut off a stuck valve, which only perpetuated the fire.
“You usually have a large diameter gas line going in there. This one has a four-inch going in, which is a very large gas line, volume of gas, and I think that’s what kept feeding the fire for so long. Once they were able to shut that down, they were able to get the fire out right away,” Chicago Fire Department Battalion Chief Thomas McCormack said.