Monday, January 09, 2017

POOF! Discarded Christmas Tree Too Tempting For Boystown Fire Bug

Screen grabs of a man setting fire to a discarded Christmas tree early Sunday morning. | Scott Montgomery

Hey, if you have an old, dry Christmas tree lying in the alley, near your garage, or possibly close to your wooden back deck, this video may convince you to move it.

A couple of ne'er-do-wells came across a discarded tree in the 3400 block of North Elaine Place this weekend and decided to set it ablaze. And if you've never seen a Christmas tree burn, you're in for a treat.

This video was captured on reader Scott Montgomery's Nest camera system. He's lucky that he still has a deck. And, considering that this "prank" unfolded while most people were sleeping at 3:30 a.m., the idiots who set the fire are lucky that it didn't spread.
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  1. A similar "prank" burned down a building on Diversey/Damen last year and killed two dogs inside. The couple living there had been in Chicago for all of two weeks. Welcome to Rahm's Wild West Chicago!

  2. I have a frame 3 flat that abuts the alley. I try to keep the city garbage cans and other debris like Xmas trees on the other side of the alley, next to a brick multi unit building. A night time fire like the one in the article could easily kill multiple people in my building. BTW Anonymous @ 1:56 AM I don't think this has anything to do with Rahm, stunts like this happen all over the USA.