LOGAN SQUARE — A fire ripped through an 1890s home on Logan Square’s Kedzie Avenue late Tuesday afternoon, damaging the historical building but causing no injuries.
The fire at 2228 N. Kedzie Ave. was caused by crews doing work on the home’s roof, Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt said.
Firefighters arrived before 4 p.m. Tuesday, Merritt said. As they battled the blaze, residents of Woodbridge Nursing Pavilion next door evacuated, neighbors said.
The home, which is in the city’s Logan Square Boulevards District, was ravaged in the blaze, but it will be restored, owner John Concannon said. The house was boarded up on Wednesday afternoon with workers on the scene.
“We’re going to restore it back to how it was,” said Concannon, whose family has lived in the home since 2002.
Concannon declined to answer further questions, but Andrew Schneider, president of Logan Square Preservation, a neighborhood group dedicated to preserving historic structures in Logan Square, said Concannon and his family have been “tremendous stewards” of the home and he expects a good preservation outcome.
Schneider said at least four homes in the Logan Square Historic Boulevards District have suffered fire damage over the past decade and they all have been restored.
The Kedzie Avenue home was built in the 1890s at the same time as another home on the stretch, Schneider said. A pair of business partners who ran a furniture company together built the homes for their respective families, he said.
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