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Officials: Lakeview fire started in hookah lounge

CHICAGO (MCT) — An extra-alarm fire that destroyed a Lakeview building started in a hookah lounge and spread to two other businesses, fire officials say.

Investigators with the Office of Fire Investigation determined that the fire at 3330 N. Clark St. began Friday evening in the Samah Hookah Lounge but further analysis is needed to determine the cause, according to the Chicago Fire Department. However, he said the fire does not appear suspicious.

The fire destroyed the hookah lounge as well as Roadhouse 66 and Thai Classic Restaurant, according to the fire department.

Fire officials called a mayday alert for trapped firefighters when a portion of the building that housed the Thai restaurant collapsed, but all the firefighters inside at the time were able to escape with no injuries, officials said. Crews took about 11/2 hours to extinguish the fire, which guttedhe one-story building.

A woman who was sleeping when the fire started and a dog were rescued by firefighters from a building to the south of the building, and firefighters were able to keep the blaze from spreading to both that building and a brick building just north, officials said.

The fire was raised to a 3-11 alarm response about 5:45 p.m. and struck out about 7 p.m. as smoke billowed through the North Side neighborhood.

(c)2013 the Chicago Tribune
Distributed by MCT Information Services

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