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Firefighters battle blaze in Avondale

A fire broke out at a home about 3 p.m. in the 3300 block of North Albany Avenue, Chicago Fire Department officials said.

Chicago firefighters respond to a blaze at a home in the 3300 block of North Albany in the Avondale neighborhood, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times
Chicago firefighters respond to a blaze at a home in the 3300 block of North Albany in Avondale Aug. 20, 2020.
Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

Firefighters tackled a two-alarm fire Thursday in Avondale on the Northwest Side.

A fire broke out at a home about 3 p.m. in the 3300 block of North Albany Avenue, Chicago Fire Department Deputy District Chief Victor Venegas said at a news conference at the scene.

When crews arrived they found the back porches of a multi-unit building fully engulfed in flames, Venegas said. A nearby coach house and another building were damaged in the blaze.

Chicago firefighters respond to a 2-11 alarm blaze at a home in the 3300 block of North Albany in the Avondale neighborhood, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times
Chicago firefighters respond to a blaze at a home in the 3300 block of North Albany in Avondale Aug. 20, 2020.
Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

The fire was upgraded to a two-alarm “to be on the safe side” because at the time crews didn’t know how many people were in the multi-unit building, Venegas said.

It was also upgraded for additional manpower to prevent firefighters from over exerting themselves in the hot weather, Venegas said.

Crews extinguished the blaze by 4 p.m., and no injuries were reported, Venegas said.

“It appears there was no one in the building at the time the fire started,” Venegas said.