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Apartment building fire spreads and destroys Chicago brewery

Tenants in the apartment building were able to escape. One man was taken to a hospital after suffering possible smoke inhalation, according to police.

Twisted Hippo, a Chicago brewery in the Albany Park neighborhood on the city's north side, was destroyed by fire that started in the early Monday morning hours. | Photo: CFD Media

CHICAGO — A Chicago brewery has been destroyed by a dramatic early morning blaze that fire officials believe started in a nearby apartment building.

The Twisted Hippo partially collapsed due to the fire which started about 3:30 a.m. Monday in the city’s Albany Park neighborhood.



Tenants in the apartment building were able to escape. One man was taken to a hospital after suffering possible smoke inhalation, according to police.

Neighbors reported hearing explosions, WBBM-TV reported.[1]

“It’s hard to see everything you worked for go up in flames, but I’m just glad my staff and everyone is okay,” Twisted Hippo owner Marilee Rutherford told the television station.

“We have CO2 nitrogen tanks, just as a regular part of our business and I’m certain that’s what the explosions were,” Rutherford added.

Another business, the Ultimate Ninja gym, also was damaged by the fire, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.[2]

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Notes & References


  1. Parra, Marissa. “Apartment Building Fire Spreads to Twisted Hippo Brewery, Causing Partial Collapse in Albany Park; 5 People Displaced.” CBS Chicago. CBS Chicago, February 21, 2022. https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2022/02/21/albany-park-fire/. ↩︎

  2. Wire, Sun-Times. “Extra-Alarm Fire Destroys Apartment Building and Two Popular Businesses in Albany Park, Ultimate Ninjas and Twisted Hippo Brewery.” Times. Chicago Sun-Times, February 21, 2022. https://chicago.suntimes.com/metro-state/2022/2/21/22944207/extra-alarm-fire-destroys-apartment-building-ultimate-ninja-twisted-hippo-albany-park. ↩︎

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