Fire tears through tire shop, restaurant in West Garfield Park

Chicago fire investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire that destroyed two West Side businesses and damaged a third Wednesday morning in the West Garfield Park neighborhood.

The fire was reported around 3:30 a.m. at a tire shop in the 4300 block of West Madison Street, officials said. The blaze spread to a restaurant next door called Jerk 48.

No injuries were reported, according to CFD.


Crews put out the main body of the fire around 5 a.m. and are on the scene addressing hotspots, officials said.

Archie Collins lives above a barber shop next door and said as he was falling asleep, he heard a loud explosion. At first, he wasn’t sure what to do but he went outside and saw smoke coming from the tire shop. 

His home has water and smoke damage. He said all three businesses have close associates.

No further information was immediately available.

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