No injuries in extra-alarm West Side fire

Nearly 100 Chicago firefighters this morning battled an extra-alarm blaze on the city's West Side that jumped from a Chinese restaurant to two storefronts with second-floor apartments, officials said.

No injuries were reported in the 2-11 alarm fire that appeared to have started in the one-story restaurant  near the intersection of Cicero Avenue and Harrison Street in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

The blaze, fueled by tar on the roof of the restaurant, then traveled to two buildings on either side, said Fire Department spokesman Richard Rosado.

The fire broke out about 3 a.m. and spread quickly despite a steady rainfall. It was finally brought under control about 5:45 a.m. Fire officials said the fire was fueled by tar on the roof of the restaurant. As many as 99 firefighters were on the scene.

Acrid smoke hung in the air and spread over the nearby Eisenhower Expressway. Cicero was closed to traffic between West Congress Parkway and West Harrison Street.

It was unclear how many people were displaced by the fire, but authorities requested several warming buses for residents, Chicago police said. The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago was sending a team to assist.

WGN-TV reporter Julian Crews contributed


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