Photos From The Destructive Fire That Struck Old Town
A three-story, extra alarm fire burning inside Old Town's Adobo Grill location injured three people Wednesday afternoon, according to fire officials.
A civilian suffered smoke-related injuries and two injured fire personnel are stable, the fire department announced at about 3:00 p.m. The fire took off through the building's roof, which has partially collapsed, and was under control by around 3:45 p.m., department reps said.
The restaurant is located at 1612 N. Wells St., right next to the theater that houses Second City's office, classes and performance space. Second City’s offices were destroyed in the fire but the theater building is “still safe for now”, the fire department Tweeted. The room above the theater has two feet of standing water, Tribune reporter Peter Nickeas reported on Twitter. The famous comedy club was evacuated, and shows have been cancelled for Wednesday night, a theater rep told the Tribune.
Fire investigators have determined that the accidental fire started in Adobo's kitchen and went up a vent to the roof, according to CFD spokesman Larry Langford.