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Lombard businesses damaged by fire

(LOMBARD) A martial arts studio and chiropractic office that share a building in west suburban Lombard were badly damaged in a fire early Monday.

The blaze began in the 200 block of East Roosevelt Road about 3:15 a.m., Assistant Lombard Fire Chief Jerry Howell said.

Firefighters responding to an alarm discovered smoke coming out of the rear of the building, and the alarm was upgraded to a special alarm, which triggers fire crews from neighboring towns to respond, Howell said.

The fire was extinguished in about 20 minutes, Howell said. It was not immediately clear which business the blaze originated in.

The building was unoccupied at the time and no firefighters were hurt, Howell said. Roosevelt Road was temporarily shut down in both directions between Stewart and Highland avenues.

The damage to the building and contents is estimated to be between $250,000 to $300,000, Howell said.

“There’s pretty significant damage to the interior of the building,” Howell said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation Monday.