Park Ridge Fire Department Responds to the Report of Smoke
On Saturday, January 14th, 2012 at 8:23 a.m., the Park Ridge Fire Department responded to the report of smoke in the building at Boston Market, located at 800 West Devon Avenue. An employee had arrived that morning at the restaurant, smelled smoke and started to investigate where it was coming from. She discovered the smoke was coming from the attic, called 9-1-1 and also pulled the fire alarm. Upon arrival of the first fire companies, smoke was observed on the exterior coming from a gable vent at the South end of the structure. Fire companies entering the building encountered very light smoke in the restaurant. Fire was found in a void space in the attic above a large walk-in cooler. Companies worked concurrently to extinguish the fire in the attic where the fire originated as well as to check for extension down below in the restaurant. The fire was contained to the attic and did not extend to the restaurant below or to the business next door. Police department personnel diverted traffic on South Prospect Avenue behind the business and maintained a secure perimeter around the building. Physical damage to the structure was fairly minimal due to a quick and effective fire attack. The fire was extinguished within twenty minutes of the arrival of the Fire Department. Damage is estimated at $25,000. This figure would include structural damage, cleaning costs, and the value of discarded merchandise and food items. Fire investigators are conducting a routine cause and origin investigation. No injuries were reported to civilians or fire personnel. Assistance at the scene was received from the Rosemont Fire Department and the Norwood Park Fire Protection District.
Authority of Fire Chief Michael Zywanski