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PHOTOS: 3 businesses demolished after Wrigleyville fire

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

From the roof of the El Jardin Restaurant across the street is a view of the devastation Friday night's fire left behind in the tight-knit Lakeview neighborhood.

The fire, which took more than 150 firefighters to extinguish, started in a one-story commercial building on North Clark Street and spread to a 2-story apartment building, according to dispatch reports.

Samah Hookah Lounge, Road House 66 and Thai Classic were the businesses affected by the fire.

"The people walking back and forth and the buildings getting loss and the people that work there, we knew them personally and it's a very sad thing," said Jane Alvarez, El Jardin Restaurant Owner.

A fire department spokesman said there was a smoke explosion, but no firefighters were injured. One woman and one dog were rescued from the building and they are also unharmed.

"All of the sudden like 30 minutes into it, the buildings collapsed onto about three different firefighters," the manager of Smoke Shop explains. "And they dragged them out of it and they've been trying to get control of it ever since."

"They broke through the glass and so much smoke just kept pouring out and at different points," Stacy, a Lakeview resident, recalls. "When they were trying to get it down, I just couldn't believe how much smoke kept coming out."

The daylight hours exposed the decades destroyed in a matter of moments.

"Roadhouse and Thai Classic have been there for such a long time and we've gotten to know them and become friends," said Alvarez.

Three family businesses were demolished in the name of public safety while investigators still try to determine what caused the fire.

Bystanders and business owners watched in awe.

"It's the second day after the fire so it really affects our business. We had to be closed and tonight all the streets are blocked and we can't get customers, just the only ones who walk in and at this point it really affects our business right now... we don't know how long it's going to take them to finish," said Natalia Golamkova, who works at Blokes and Birds.

Hours were spent fighting the fire Friday night and putting out hot spots during the early morning hours while witnesses watched home video in disbelief.

"It was really scary for me when I was on my way to work. Last night I had some thoughts about it that it could happened to our restaurant, it is really scary," said Natalie Golamkova.

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