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Chicago Heights offers basic details of response to drivers facility fire

The City of Chicago Heights released a short statement to the Chronicle regarding the fire at the Illinois Secretary of State’s facility in Chicago Heights. At 10:05 p.m. Chicago Heights Fire Department dispatched three trucks and two ambulance units. The fire was out by 10:30 p.m. 

The City of Chicago Heights released a short statement to the Chronicle regarding the fire at the Illinois Secretary of State’s facility in Chicago Heights.

The statement, emailed by city Chief of Staff Karen Zerante, said the Chicago Heights emergency dispatch center received a call Sunday night reporting a fire at the driver services facility at 570 W. 209th St., which was closed at the time. 

Some fire damage is evident on the rear side of the drivers services facility in Chicago Heights. City officials said the fire took less than a half hour to be contained on Sunday night. (Chronicle file photo)

At 10:05 p.m. Chicago Heights Fire Department dispatched three trucks and two ambulance units. The fire was out by 10:30 p.m. 

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No other fire departments were involved in the response, and no Chicago Heights emergency personnel were injured.

The fire came at a time when communities in the south suburbs were being affected by civil unrest, including looting and property damage. It is unclear whether the fire was related to this activity. 

The Illinois Fire Marshal’s office is investigating. Until the facility reopens, customers can visit driver services facilities in Midlothian, Joliet, Naperville and Bradley, or take advantage of online services by visiting www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

Related story: Fire closes Chicago Heights Sec. of State facility indefinitely

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