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Warehouse Fire Reignites as Crews Work to Raze Building

By Alex Parker | January 26, 2013 12:21pm

CHICAGO — The Bridgeport warehouse that turned into an ice palace as fire crews battled a huge blaze there earlier this week has reignited, fire officials said Saturday.

Crews were using a ladder truck to battle the flames.

The warehouse, at 3757 S. Ashland Ave., caught fire Tuesday night, requiring the largest fire department response in a decade. One-third of the city's on-duty firefighters were on the scene.

Battling the blaze in freezing temperatures, water sprayed by firefighters froze, creating an ice palace that drew photographers from across the city. On Friday, crews began razing the building, even as they continued to put out hot spots.

On Friday, fire officials classified the initial blaze as arson, but were unable to determine how it started.

Records show the building is owned by developer Calvin Boender, who is serving prison time for his role in bribing public officials.