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Suspicious Fire Destroys Chicago Heights Building

CHICAGO HEIGHTS (STMW) -- A fire in south suburban Chicago Heights that officials are calling suspicious destroyed an abandoned two-story building Friday.

Chicago Heights Fire Chief Tom Martello said firefighters were called about 11 a.m. to the 200 block of U.S. Route 30. The fire started in the back of the building and is considered suspicious in origin, and the state fire marshal is investigating, officials said.

Martello said fire departments from Matteson, Park Forest, South Chicago Heights, Flossmoor, Steger, Crete and Homewood responded to the blaze.

The fire destroyed the building, which included an empty storefront and vacant apartments.

Firefighting operations finished by 3 p.m., and no injuries were reported.

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