Roy's Furniture Fire Brought CTA Trains To A Halt

By Chuck Sudo in News on May 30, 2012 2:30PM

Smoke from the Roy's Furniture store fire as seen from the Fullerton Street "L" station Monday. (Photo Credit: aetelischak)

The future of popular DePaul furniture store Roy's Furniture is unknown this morning after a multiple alarm fire destroyed the store and led to its demolition overnight. The fire began around 3:45 p.m. Monday and quickly became a three-alarm fire because high winds hampered the firefighting effort and the threat the building would collapse.

Photo Credit: Chicago Fire Department

Because of Roy's location next to the "L" tracks north of the Fullerton Street "L" station, the fire forced the shutdown of CTA Red, Brown and Purple Line service during the evening rush, which most of you discovered first-hand. Normal service resumed by 8 p.m. last night. The Chicago Fire Department's office of fire investigations said the cause of the fire was "careless use of smoking materials."

The Red Line Project put together a Storify of tweets tracking the progress of the fire.