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No injuries in Oak Lawn house fire

Fire swept through two-story frame house 98th Cook Oak Lawn Tuesday afternoJan. 28 2014. A resident fled unharmed fire officials

Fire swept through a two-story frame house at 98th and Cook in Oak Lawn on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 28, 2014. A resident fled unharmed, fire officials said. The cause is under investigation. | Steve Metsch~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 3, 2014 3:00PM



Fire swept through a two-story frame house in Oak Lawn on Tuesday afternoon, forcing a resident to flee and firefighters to deal with brutally cold conditions.

The fire hydrant nearest the home, 9801 Cook Ave., was found frozen, but firefighters were able to use the nearest hydrant “so there was very little delay in (getting) water (on the fire),” said Scott Boman, the fire department’s assistant chief of operations.

He said the fire spread quickly and the house was engulfed when firefighters arrived about 3:30 p.m., but they were able to extinguish it in about 30 minutes.

“The homeowner was home at the time of the fire and came across the street. Nobody was hurt, and there were no injuries to any firefighters on the scene. The cause is under investigation at this time,” Boman said.

Bob Philbin III, who lives up the block, said the fire “was pretty bad. When I came out, all I saw was smoke and flames.”

His sister, Brigid Philbin, brought a large container of coffee and cups to appreciative firefighters after their work was done.



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