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An extra-alarm fire at a popular furniture store in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood on Tuesday evening ceased North Side service on three CTA train lines just before rush hour while firefighters battled the intense blaze.
Trains on the CTA's Red, Purple and Brown Lines are running smoothly Wednesday morning, but the damage has already been done to Roy's Home Furnishings. Early Wednesday, crews began demolishing what remained of the building out of concerns that it could collapse and spill onto the train tracks nearby, NBC Chicago reports.
The blaze began around 3:20 p.m. at the furniture store, located in the 2400 block of North Sheffield Avenue, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Firefighters say a smoker likely caused the fire, which started in the store's warehouse area and spread quickly through the building, ABC Chicago reports. No one was injured in the blaze.
It wasn't until about 6:20 p.m. that the still-delayed northbound CTA trains were able to pass the fire, according to the Tribune.
Some 165 firefighters battled the blaze until 9:47 p.m., NBC Chicago reports.
The store, founded in 1984 by the late Roy Warner, was a family-run business that a neighbor described to NBC as "more than just a furniture store." It was selected in 2010 as Time Out Chicago's Readers' Choice Shopping Award for Best Affordable Furniture.