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Storm causes garage fire, outages in La Grange

Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 12:42 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:57 p.m. CDT

LA GRANGE – About 100 households were still without power around noon Tuesday after a quick but violent storm struck the western suburbs Monday evening. 

About 1,400 residences were without power at one point, Fire Chief Bill Bryzgalski said. Around  6 p.m. Tuesday, immediately after the storm hit, a downed power line started a fire on a garage in the first block of South Seventh Avenue. Firefighters arrived immediately and were on the scene for about two and a half hours, which included waiting for a ComEd crew, Bryzgalski said. No one was injured. 

The storm knocked down a dozen trees on village property, Public Works Director Ryan Gillingham said. Crews were out cutting broken branches from parkway trees and picking up other debris. 

The village posted on its website that given the forecasted heat and humidity, the La Grange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt Ave., and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, 5101 Willow Springs Road, are open as cooling centers for residents during the power outages. At the hospital, visitors should enter through the emergency room doors.

Call the village manager's office at 708-579-2313 to report power outages and/or inquire about restoration.

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