No one was injured in a fire that almost completely destroyed what appeared to be a vacant home in the 1500 block of Kingshighway, also known as Illinois 111, on Sunday night.
Washington Park firefighters responded to the house shortly before 7 p.m. to what Washington Park Police Officer Christopher Heatherly said were “40-foot flames” shooting out of the back of the house. The flames reached power lines and burned a transformer, Heatherly said.
Firefighters had the blaze largely under control about 15 minutes after arriving on scene, said Assistant Fire Chief Scott Rose. At 7:30 p.m., crews were working to extinguish “hot spots,” Rose said. The tenants of the house might have recently been evicted, Rose said. A state fire marshal was called to investigate the fire.
Brandon Brown, a teenager who lives nearby, said he saw the smoke from his window.
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“I tried to go over there and help, but they said I was too little, so I couldn’t do it,” Brown said, adding that the fire was “gruesome.”
State Park Fire Department also responded to the scene.