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Fire Destroys Woodridge Apartment Building

All residents forced to find temporary shelter.

The fire at 7723 Woodward Ave. in Woodridge, Thursday, May 1, as photographed by ABC 7 News.
The fire at 7723 Woodward Ave. in Woodridge, Thursday, May 1, as photographed by ABC 7 News.

A three-story apartment building in Woodridge was damaged by a fire caused by a grill on a second-floor balcony.

Darien-Woodridge Fire District Chief David Lambright told the Chicago Tribune the fire in the 12-unit building began at about 11 a.m. at 7723 Woodward Ave. The blaze caused heavy damage and the roof collapsed by 2 in the afternoon before firefighters put out the flames.

"It was a lightweight, truss roof, and they don't hold up under fire conditions at all," Lambright told the Tribune. About 25 to 30 residents are relying on the American Red Cross for temporary shelter.

Haroun Baki, a part-owner of the building who lives in one of the downtsairs units, told ABC 7 News he'd rebuild.

via the Chicago Tribune 

Sean Mullen May 01, 2014 at 11:29 PM
Suzanna, I am aware that the Woodridge Jaycees may be collecting donations and trying to assist residents. They are trying to find out information and put a plan together. I am sure more information will be shared once they have it.
Kimberly J. Williams May 02, 2014 at 07:48 PM
Any word on how we can help?
Lisa Conley May 04, 2014 at 06:35 PM
The Woodridge Jaycees is planning donation drop-off sites and a benefit. You can contact them for details. They will assure the donations will go directly to the families.
Lisa Conley May 04, 2014 at 06:38 PM
You can contact the Woodridge Jaycees. They will have details regarding donation drop-off sites and a benefit that's being planned. They will assure the donations will go directly to the displaced families.
Sean Mullen May 12, 2014 at 10:14 PM
All the information to help is listed at the www.woodridgejaycees.org. The main focus right now is put on the fundraiser and get much needed funds to the families. If you wish to donate to the families, you can donate on the site also.

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