Around 5:10PM today, Chicago firefighters were hard at work extinguishing an overhead blaze that appeared to be coming from an electrical transformer box on the south side of the El Tracks, in the alley behind 1500 block of N. Milwaukee.
The fire continued down the circuit wire, setting the pavement aflame (see pic).
Jose Prado of Lubinski Furniture, 1550 N. Milwaukee Ave., reported to The Pipeline (which has a ‘pop up’ newsroom at Lubinksi’s) that he smelled smoke coming from the alley.
Within less than two minutes, firefighters were on the scene.
The Pipeline is currently trying to find out the cause of the fire, though it can be speculated that since electrical power also went out at the same time of the fire (specifically at 4:59PM), the fire was an electrical one. There was an electrical power outage last week, too, on Thursday, June 28th.
A ComEd spokeswoman returned our call at 6:26PM yesterday, and left a voicemail, saying, “Hi. This is ComEd returning your call about an outage on North Milwaukee [Ave.]. There was a report of potentially a pole fire there and the fire dept. is on the scene, ComEd is on the scene as well, and the impact is an outage affecting 12 customers at this time.”