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Firefighters Battle Extra-Alarm Blaze at North Lawndale Furniture Warehouse

By Kyla Gardner | September 25, 2013 1:26pm | Updated on September 25, 2013 3:12pm
 A tank of "problem material," possibly glue, ignited in the basement of an old furniture warehouse in North Lawndale Wednesday, officials said.
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CHICAGO — Firefighters fought an extra-alarm blaze at an old North Lawndale furniture warehouse for hours Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

A tank with an unknown substance ignited in the basement of the multilevel warehouse about noon Wednesday as crews were gutting the building for renovation, said Larry Langford, a Chicago Fire Department spokesman.

The substance might have been glue. The tank of "problem material" was possibly hazardous, and the warehouse had "potential for a major fire," authorities said.

Crews attacked the fire in the building at 1034 S. Kostner Ave. with a foaming agent, and at one point part of the basement's ceiling caught on fire, authorities said.

The fire was struck out about 2:45 p.m., and no one was injured, officials said.