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An additional alarm fire displaces residents of west suburban Oak Park

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An additional alarm fire displaced several residents and damaged about 36 units at an apartment building in west suburban Oak Park early Friday morning, officials said.

Just before 12:30 a.m., Oak Park firefighters responded to 227 South Blvd. for a fire call in an empty apartment on the first floor. When they arrived, smoke was visible in the unit. The fire spread through the walls to the second and third floors of the house. He also moved into surrounding blocks, officials said.

Several other cities sent firefighters to help fight the blaze, and the three-alarm fire was under control by 3:30 a.m., officials said.

About 36 units were damaged by fire, smoke and water, and utilities were shut off. The Oak Park Police Department assisted with the evacuation and relocation of residents to a warmer location.

While some residents chose to stay with family and friends, the American Red Cross was able to help find shelter for those residents in need, officials said.

One Oak Park firefighter was sent to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood but has since been released to full duty, officials said.

Crews remained at the scene cleaning up, and South Boulevard was temporarily closed between Humphrey Avenue and South Cuyler Avenue.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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