Extra-alarm blaze breaks out at Bucktown house

January 30, 2011 12:12:31 PM PST
Dozens of firefighters faced a tough situation while battling a fire on the city's North Side.

A coach house caught fire behind a home in the 1800-block of North Honore.

"From the get go, it was a little bit disruptive," said Chicago Fire Department District Chief Mark Nielsen.

The Bucktown fire --which began at approximately 6:30 p.m. Saturday-- was "disruptive" because even though no one was seriously injured, firefighters had to go through several hurdles to put it out, including being given a wrong address. The two-story coach house is situated between the alley behind Honore and Wood streets and does not have a clearly defined entrance.

"The fire was in the rear. We had difficulty getting into the attic space. There was no access at all to the attic space, and the back stairs were burnt out from the amount of fire," Nielsen said.

Furthermore, when firefighters arrived, they found power lines down in the back of the house, limiting their abilities to combat the blaze until Comed took care of the lines.

"Our main priority here was the exposure building, the two-and-a-half story frame, which is at 1824. Firefighters just did a great job of keep water on that fire and ensuring that it didn't spread," said Nielsen.

Flames consumed most of the rear of the house. There was still no word on the cause of the fire or who lived at the address.

ABC7 is told one of the firefighters suffered a minor injury. He was treated at the scene instead of being taken to a hospital.