Cause of storage-building fire in Zion under investigation

This is what the storage building ion 27th Street n Zion looked like after it caught fire on Friday night. | FRANK ABDERHOLDEN/SUN-TIMES MEDIA
This is what the storage building ion 27th Street n Zion looked like after it caught fire on Friday night. | FRANK ABDERHOLDEN/SUN-TIMES MEDIA

A dumpster fire in Zion last Friday jumped to an adjoining storage building that burned so quickly that firefighters were forced to back off as the structure collapsed.

The fire is being investigated by the Zion Fire & Rescue Department.

They were dispatched to the dumpster around 5:30 p.m. and when firefighters arrived, the fire was burning both the exterior and interior of the storage building at 2315 27th Street, and there was heavy black smoke and flames. The alarm was upgraded and other nearby departments provided help.

“When crew first entered the building, they reported that the ceiling was collapsing and they were able to back out safely,” said Battalion Chief Eric Troy.

Damage was estimated and $40,000. Nearby apartments were not damaged and the building was used for storage and maintenance for those apartments.

Firefighters from Zion, Beach Park, Newport Township, Pleasant Prairie, and Winthrop Harbor assisted, along with ambulances from Zion and Gurnee.

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