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Fire Breaks Out At Old Crawford Coal Plant Wednesday In Little Village, Officials Say

One firefighter was injured at the site which is expected to be converted into a massive distribution center.

Hilco Development Partners plan to build a one-million square foot warehouse at the former Crawford site in Little Village.
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LITTLE VILLAGE — A fire broke out at the former Crawford Coal Plant Wednesday morning in Little Village, leaving one person injured, fire officials said. 

At 10:47 a.m., the Chicago Fire Department was notified of a fire at 3501 S. Pulaski Road, said Larry Merrit, a spokesperson for the Fire Department.

One person was taken to a nearby hospital in good condition and the fire was extinguished by 11:30 a.m., Merrit said.

The fire happened when crews were dismantling an electrical transformer on site, said Jen Scully, a spokeswoman for Hilco Partners, the firm that owns the site. A fire was sparked and workers evacuated and notified authorities, she said.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known, Merrit said.

Developer Hilco Partners purchased the 70-acre site in 2017. They received City Council approval to remediate the site and build a massive one million square foot distribution center last year.

RELATED: Massive Little Village Warehouse On Old Crawford Coal Plant Site Approved By City Council

Credit: Hilco Redevelopment Partners
Hilco Development Partners plan to build a one-million square foot warehouse at the former Crawford site in Little Village.

The Crawford Power Plant was shut down in 2012 after community-led efforts raised concerns about the impact coal pollution was having on the health of Little Village residents. 

The Hilco plan has sparked anger among residents who fear the distribution center will bring more diesel trucks and increase pollution in the neighborhood.

RELATED: Semi-Trucks Are Taking Over Little Village, Neighbors Say — And Giant Warehouse Plan Will Make It Worse

Last year, Hilco officials told residents they plan on beginning demolition and remediation in 2019. The distribution center is expected to be completed in 2020.

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