Forest Park police and fire departments responded to a two-flat fire at 625 Harlem Ave. around 5:50 a.m. Tuesday. Traffic was shut down on Harlem Avenue for an hour right at the I-290 entrance ramps during morning rush hour.

A passing motorist on I-290 reported smoke coming out of an apartment building. Fire departments from River Forest, Oak Park, North Riverside, Maywood, Berwyn and Cicero responded. Dispatchers reported “heavy smoke” coming out of a second floor window. Two residents were removed from the building but four cats died in the fire. The fire was out by 6:25 a.m., said Village Administrator Tim Gillian. The village was working to try to get electricity restored to the building Tuesday morning.

Jean Lotus

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...