A automobile accident Friday evening in the northwest suburban Bloomingdale broke a gas line and sparked a sizable fire at a bank.
The fire started just after 5:30 o'clock.
According to Frank Giammarese, director of public safety for Bloomingdale, an automobile using the drive-through facilities accidentally applied the throttle instead of the brake, colliding into the Chase Bank at 136 East Lake Road.
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"She'd gone through the drive-thru. It sounded like she was about to leave. She unintentionally pressed the wrong pedal or the brakes malfunctioned for some reason "explained Giammarese.
A gas line was cut and a small automobile fire was started by the collision. The gas line subsequently caught fire, resulting in an explosion that caused the fire to spread throughout the bank.
According to Giammarese, nobody was hurt, including the driver, clients, and staff members of the bank.
The damaged gas line served as fuel for the flames. Giammarese claimed that Nicor employees at the scene labored for several hours to turn off the gas, but they had to dig several feet under the building to do so.
To stop the fire from spreading, fire men doused it with water. Once the gas is shut off, they will put out the fire completely.
Around 9:30 p.m., the gas was turned off, and the flames started to go out.
Traffic on Lake Street eastbound from Bloomindale Road is halted due to the collision and fire. Although the duration of the traffic disruption is unknown, drivers should look for alternate routes.
Giammarese also claimed that there was a delay between the collision and the moment the gas line caught fire, allowing everyone to safely escape the scene, including the driver. There were no alleged injuries.
Until the building is renovated, Chase Bank is sending its own private agents to offer protection to the bank around-the-clock.
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