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Large, Smoky Fire Breaks Out Near Lincoln And Belmont In Lakeview

By  Tanveer Ali and Evan F.  Moore | May 16, 2016 5:18pm | Updated on May 16, 2016 8:23pm

CHICAGO — A large, smoky fire broke out north of the intersection of Lincoln, Ashland and Belmont on Monday evening, officials said.

The flames started around 5 p.m. and involved three buildings around 3338 N. Marshfield Ave., near Dinkel's Bakery and Lake View YMCA.

In a Facebook post, Dinkel's reported no damage.

In a Facebook post, Lake View YMCA said it would be closed for the remainder of Monday but reopen for normal hours on Tuesday.

Firefighters took on the three-alarm fire on two fronts.

"It is an apartment fire that started on the West Side of Marshfield and it jumped porches. It seems they have it under control," said Melani Domingues, owner of The Green Lady at 3328 N. Lincoln Ave.

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Dan Cohen lives three blocks away from where the fire took place. He said he often walks down Marshfield Avenue to get to the stores on Lincoln Avenue with his wife and son.

"We were both getting home from work. This our daily walk," Cohen said. "It's scary to know that older buildings can catch fire in Chicago. It's scary how fast a fire can spread. I hope everyone got out OK."

Ashley Galamback lived in the building the fire took place in for two years until she moved out last summer. She heard the sirens nearby.

"It was an old building. There was lots things that can catch on fire," Galamback said. "There were a lot of things crumbling in the building at the time I was there. If I had renewed my lease last year, I'd have a different take on things."

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