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7/16/2014 12:42:00 PM
Fire damages Elwood bar
ELWOOD'S LADDER TRUCK allows for safe access to the roof of Thompson's Bar & Grill.
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ELWOOD'S LADDER TRUCK allows for safe access to the roof of Thompson's Bar & Grill.

An emergency call was made from Thompson's Bar & Grill Wednesday morning shortly after 10 for a fire that had started in the kitchen area of the building.

When first responders arrived flames were seen shooting through the roof and a call for a full box alarm was made.

Employees who were in the building had exited safely and police blocked off Mississippi Ave, Elwood's downtown street, to allow for incoming firefighting vehicles.

Elwood's ladder truck allowed firefighters access to the roof where holes were cut for ventilation. Firefighters from as far away as Lockport and Bourbonnais assisted local teams in attacking from the front and rear entrances of the building.

About 30 minutes into the fire all fighters were told to exit the building as an intense fire near an air conditioning unit was causing the roof to sag. After regrouping they continued fighting from the ground.

MABAS Fire investigators were still at the scene as of 1 p.m.

Residents in an apartment building next door were evacuated as a precaution.

Illinois Central Sch Buss

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