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Old Town porch fire spreads to home, causing heavy damage

One firefighter suffered ‘a minor issue’ in the fire in the 1900 block of North Sedgwick Street, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.

Firefighters respond to a fire Aug. 20, 2020, in the 1900 block of North Sedgwick Street.
Firefighters at a fire Thursday in the 1900 block of North Sedgwick Street.
Chicago Fire Department

A firefighter suffered a minor injury Thursday morning while putting out a fire that broke out on a rear porch in Old Town, spreading inside the building and causing heavy damage.

It’s unclear what caused the fire that started about 10:15 a.m. in the 1900 block of North Sedgwick Street, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.

About 70 firefighters fought the fire, which was put out in 20 minutes, Langford said.

A photo of the scene showed a heavily blackened rear porch and shattered windows on at least two floors.

Langford said the building was left uninhabitable. He did not have a damage estimate or know the number of people displaced.

Fire crews responded to a fire Aug. 20, 2020, in the 1900 block of North Sedgwick Street.
Fire crews responded to a fire Aug. 20, 2020, in the 1900 block of North Sedgwick Street.
Chicago Fire Department