Sunday, July 02, 2017

Investigators Eye Fire In Lakeview Apartment Building

Investigators were working to determine the cause of a fire that broke out in a parking garage beneath a Lakeview apartment complex early Thursday.

The fire spread quickly, destroying at least five cars and causing smoke damage to adjoining rental units in the building at 510 West Briar . No one was injured in the blaze, which was reported around 1:30 a.m.






Investigators were looking at one of the destroyed vehicles and a set of dumpsters as possible points of ignition, according to a witness.

As of Friday morning, the case had not been classified as arson by Chicago police.





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13 comments:

  1. Just tried and failed to find any other reporting on this. Congrats on the exclusive! Would love to know where this happened.

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    1. 510 West Briar. I walked with my dog down that alley Friday morning and the smell of fire was still heavy in the air.

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  2. All building with more single family should be forced to install fire sprinklers. No excuse they aren't as they are not that expensive.

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    1. Do your research and figure out what 'not that expensive' really means.
      For an older building, basic installation would easily be $10 to $14 per square foot. That doesn't include remediation like asbestos containment or plaster repair.

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    2. Fire sprinklers are required in large residential buildings now. In existing buildings built without them, it can be very expensive to put then in, sometimes more than $8k per unit. While it is a large sum up front, owners would recoup the investment in reduced property insurance premiums over the following 5-10 years. Why wait until Chicago has a fire like the tower in London before condo boards take action on older buildings?

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    3. Also not as expensive if they put exposed pipes. Heck some trendy new condos have exposed hvac vents and electric conduit.

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  3. Another property managed by Chicago's renowned slumlord "Beal Property Management".... someone should do an expose on this company - read the Yelp reviews and there's plenty more articles on this management company online-

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    1. You have to get "buzzed in" to sign a lease at their facility on Damen in fancy Wicker Park.....if that wasn't clue #1......

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  4. Some one should do an expose on criminals setting fires in our neighborhood. Its very rare that a modern auto just burns down and its very rare a dumpster just ignites and it very rare mattresses just spontaneously ignite. funny how we blame the landlord but not the pyros.

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  5. Yep....I lived in one of their buildings. Horrific, trust me.

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    1. I notified them of my vacating. The "Building Engineer" (aka janitor with a screwdriver and a durty rag) slipped a court document under my door for the remaining months rent (not the remainder of the total 12 month lease mind you). It was never processed or recorded.

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  6. Those 4+1s are firetraps.

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  7. Yea its the bad landlord/s Idiots it's the PYROS http://www.cwbchicago.com/2017/07/another-early-morning-fire-in-lakeview.html

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