Firefighters needed hours to control a blaze that broke out inside Krell Lighting and Supply near the train station in downtown Park Ridge and forced dozens of people from their homes.
“There have been no casualties,” said Park Ridge Police Chief Joseph Madden. “Just structural damage.”
The fire at 70 Park Avenue, at the corner of South Maple, began raging around 7:30 p.m. and continued burning pat 11 p.m. It consumed the upscale lighting and fixtures showroom and most of its upstairs warehouse, blowing a hole through the roof, a police spokesman said.
“Nobody got hurt, but they’re still trying to put it out,” the officer told CLIFFVIEWPILOT.COM shortly before 11 p.m.
A cause hasn’t yet been determined for the blaze at the landmark store, which has been a fixture in downtown Park Ridge since the late 1950s.
“Three generations have nurtured this company and it now stands as a leader with a reputation for impeccable craftsmanship, innovative design and honest value,” Krell boasts on its website.
“A talented award winning in-house design team of industrial, graphic and interior designers work with engineers and draftsmen, color forecasters, and quality control experts to guarantee that only the finest materials are used for our products and design integrity is maintained,” it says. “Whether the fixture calls for solid brass, or a vanity light finished with alabaster shades, no detail is overlooked.
“These designs are manufactured in our company-owned factories where over 3,800 skilled artists and technicians bring them to life, meticulously finishing and quality testing each of our exclusive products. We carefully watch the costs of producing these quality and innovative designs, because it means nothing if our products are priced out of a customers reach. We know our customer is knowledgeable about quality and each have their own individual style. Our products not only fulfill those parts of your individual style sense, but they also appeal to every budget, and every taste.”
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