A fire that started in a vacant building in the 1900 block of West Larchmont (just south of Irving Park Road) quickly spread to adjacent structures, displacing 10 residents overnight.
Peoples Gas crews were spotted on the scene this morning, with the cause of the fire still under investigation, according to a spokeswoman for Fire Media Affairs. Inspectors from the Building Department are expected to examine the affected buildings later today to determine when and whether residents can return to their homes.
The blaze was reported shortly after 1 a.m. and was eventually raised to extra-alarm status.
Update: CSJ photographer Sarah Tilotta reported from the scene that little remains of the home at 1924 W. Larchmont, where the fire originated. The adjacent building at 1920 W. Larchmont suffered significant damage and is being boarded up; the rear roof collapsed at 1928 W. Larchmont, also charred with broken windows. Peoples Gas crews were shutting off the gas lines underneath the buildings for safety purposes, with a bulldozer standing at the ready, likely to level the home at 1924 W. Larchmont.
Update: House at 1924 undergoing demolition. Video from Sarah Tilotta