WEST CHICAGO – Last night around 1 a.m. at the 800 block of Burr Oaks Drive, an apartment fire broke out that left the building inhabitable and displaced numerous families.
State Senator Karina Villa has begun coordinating with community partners including the West Chicago Police Department, other elected officials in West Chicago, local school districts, the Red Cross and dozens of community organizations, including We Go Together for Kids, Access DuPage and others, to aid the families in need.
“The community of West Chicago has dealt with similar unfortunate situations in the past. I am grateful to all of our partners who immediately stepped in to assess the situation and offer their services to the families affected. I am heartbroken that so many members of our community were affected by this disastrous and tragic fire. No family – especially this close to the holidays – should have to worry about their safety in their homes.
“I commend the efforts of the West Chicago Fire Department and others who took quick action in rescuing people and containing the fire. My thoughts are with those who were injured as well as those who have been displaced. Your community is here for you.
“We are working on coordinating a strategic plan to streamline services to families and ensure that every person affected is accounted for and receives the assistance they need. Through our community partnerships, we will ensure that families have access to housing, food, clothes, medication and other necessary assistance.”
People who have been displaced and need help finding assistance can contact Villa’s office at 630-326-9319. More updates and donation links will be provided via social media, @SenatorKarinaVilla on Instagram and @StateSenatorKVilla on Facebook.