Two firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling a fire that tore through three restaurants and a mobile phone store in the South Loop Tuesday morning and briefly halted CTA Green Line trains on a neighboring track.
The injured firefighters — one hurt his ankle, the other hurt his back — slipped on sheets of ice that formed at Cermak Road and State Street as dozens of firefighters doused the blaze in freezing weather.
The two-alarm blaze began just before 3 a.m. and was extinguished by 7:30 a.m., said Chicago Fire Chief Joe Roccosalva.
Service on the Green Line between Roosevelt and 35th, which was suspended for several hours, was restored about 8 a.m. The fire occurred just below a new Green Line station being built at Cermak.
Bus Nos. 21 and 29 were also rerouted. The reroutes remained in effect as of 10:10 a.m.
The fire destroyed Jerk Villa (a Jamaican jerk chicken restaurant), Dragon Fire (an Asian grill and sushi restaurant), Sharks (a fish and chicken restaurant) and a cellular phone store.
All the businesses were housed in the same building, which suffered heavy damage and will most likely need to be torn down, Roccosalva said.
Contributing: Sun-Times Media Wire