Hundreds displaced by blaze at condo complex near Chicago

  • Crews battled a fire in Prospect Heights, Ill., Wednesday, July 18, 2018. The fire has left homeless hundreds of residents of a suburban Chicago condominium complex. Prospect Heights Fire Chief Drew Smith said the fire began in one 24-unit building and then spread to two other buildings. (Joe Lewnard/Daily Herald via AP)

    Crews battled a fire in Prospect Heights, Ill., Wednesday, July 18, 2018. The fire has left homeless hundreds of residents of a suburban Chicago condominium complex. Prospect Heights Fire Chief Drew Smith said the fire began in one 24-unit building and then spread to two other buildings. (Joe Lewnard/Daily Herald via AP) Associated Press

  • Firefighters battle a fire in Prospect Heights, Ill., on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. A fire has left homeless hundreds of residents of a suburban Chicago condominium complex. Prospect Heights Fire Chief Drew Smith said the fire began in one 24-unit building and then spread to two other buildings. (Joe Lewnard/Daily Herald via AP)

    Firefighters battle a fire in Prospect Heights, Ill., on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. A fire has left homeless hundreds of residents of a suburban Chicago condominium complex. Prospect Heights Fire Chief Drew Smith said the fire began in one 24-unit building and then spread to two other buildings. (Joe Lewnard/Daily Herald via AP) Associated Press

  • Firefighters battle a fire in Prospect Heights, Ill.,on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. The fire has left homeless hundreds of residents of a suburban Chicago condominium complex. Prospect Heights Fire Chief Drew Smith said the fire began in one 24-unit building and then spread to two other buildings. (Joe Lewnard/Daily Herald via AP)

    Firefighters battle a fire in Prospect Heights, Ill.,on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. The fire has left homeless hundreds of residents of a suburban Chicago condominium complex. Prospect Heights Fire Chief Drew Smith said the fire began in one 24-unit building and then spread to two other buildings. (Joe Lewnard/Daily Herald via AP) Associated Press

  • Firefighters battle a large fire in Prospect Heights, Ill., on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. A fire has left homeless hundreds of residents of a suburban Chicago condominium complex. Prospect Heights Fire Chief Drew Smith said the fire began in one 24-unit building and then spread to two other buildings. (Joe Lewnard/Daily Herald via AP)

    Firefighters battle a large fire in Prospect Heights, Ill., on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. A fire has left homeless hundreds of residents of a suburban Chicago condominium complex. Prospect Heights Fire Chief Drew Smith said the fire began in one 24-unit building and then spread to two other buildings. (Joe Lewnard/Daily Herald via AP) Associated Press

  • Firefighters battle a fire in Prospect Heights, Ill., Wednesday, July 18, 2018. The fire has left homeless hundreds of residents of a suburban Chicago condominium complex. Prospect Heights Fire Chief Drew Smith said the fire began in one 24-unit building and then spread to two other buildings. (Joe Lewnard/Daily Herald via AP)

    Firefighters battle a fire in Prospect Heights, Ill., Wednesday, July 18, 2018. The fire has left homeless hundreds of residents of a suburban Chicago condominium complex. Prospect Heights Fire Chief Drew Smith said the fire began in one 24-unit building and then spread to two other buildings. (Joe Lewnard/Daily Herald via AP) Associated Press

  • Firefighters battle a fire in Prospect Heights, Ill., Wednesday, July 18, 2018.  A fire has left homeless hundreds of residents of a suburban Chicago condominium complex. Prospect Heights Fire Chief Drew Smith said the fire began in one 24-unit building and then spread to two other buildings. (Joe Lewnard/Daily Herald via AP)

    Firefighters battle a fire in Prospect Heights, Ill., Wednesday, July 18, 2018. A fire has left homeless hundreds of residents of a suburban Chicago condominium complex. Prospect Heights Fire Chief Drew Smith said the fire began in one 24-unit building and then spread to two other buildings. (Joe Lewnard/Daily Herald via AP) Associated Press

  • Firefighters battle an apartment fire in Prospect Heights, Ill., Wednesday, July 18, 2018. A fire has left homeless hundreds of residents of a suburban Chicago condominium complex. Prospect Heights Fire Chief Drew Smith said the fire began in one 24-unit building and then spread to two other buildings. (Joe Lewnard/Daily Herald via AP)

    Firefighters battle an apartment fire in Prospect Heights, Ill., Wednesday, July 18, 2018. A fire has left homeless hundreds of residents of a suburban Chicago condominium complex. Prospect Heights Fire Chief Drew Smith said the fire began in one 24-unit building and then spread to two other buildings. (Joe Lewnard/Daily Herald via AP) Associated Press

 
 
Updated 7/18/2018 8:51 PM

PROSPECT HEIGHTS, Ill. -- Fire has left homeless hundreds of residents of a suburban Chicago condominium complex.

About 150 firefighters from 50 departments near Prospect Heights battled the fire, which Prospect Heights Fire Chief Drew Smith said began about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and continued into late evening. At least three people were injured.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Smith said the fire began in one 24-unit building and then spread to two other buildings. Firefighters were able to prevent the blaze from spreading to a fourth nearby building.

Smith said two of the three buildings will be total losses and the third building suffered some fire damage and significant smoke and water damage.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

Prospect Heights Mayor Nicolas Helmer says several hundred residents were displaced. The Red Cross of Chicago said responders are at the scene to help provide food, shelter and emotional support to displaced residents.

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