This house fire occured at 525 W. Armitage in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago, Illinois. Bystanders caught some early video as lines are being placed in service. The fire quickly makes its way to the second floor and eventually engulfs much of the structure by the time firefighters get attack lines in place.
Later, news crews catch the building collapsing (second video)
A still-and-box alarm was initially called for the fire at 12:50 p.m, but it was later upgraded to a 2-11 alarm, according to the Fire Department. Firefighters used four master hose lines and four hand lines to fight the blaze.
By 1:55 p.m., the building had collapsed.
“All people, including the workers, are accounted for We had a 2-11 alarm in the neighborhood of 150 firefighters on the scene…the guys did a good job keeping out of the exposure building,” said Chicago Fire Department’s Steve Chikerotis.
Neighbors and witnesses applauded the firefighting effort.