Oak Forest fire destroys home; neighbors say they heard shots

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A fire broke out in Oak Forest and police ordered residents to shelter in place due to a barricade situation. 



CHICAGO (CBS) — A fire and apparent shooting at a home in Oak Forest forced residents to say in their homes on Friday morning. A few hours later, that order was lifted.

Video from a Ring camera nearby showed people running from the home and a man chasing after them.  Suddenly at least two people running away collapse to the ground.  The video, which was viewed by CBS 2, did not include audio. 

According to city officials, a person is barricaded in a home in the the 5500 block of Ann Marie Lane. The city confirmed the Oak Forest Fire Department is working to put our a fire at the home.

CBS 2  spoke to a neighbor who says his wife woke up to gun shots.

As of 9:40 a.m., the fire appeared to be extinguished and crews were searching through the home. 

CBS 2 talked with neighbor Jake Bittner who said he ran out of his house and saw the flames and black smoke. He said officers told residents to stay back. 


Chopper 2 was over the scene where SWAT teams and fire crews are working to clear the scene. Heavy smoke is coming from a house. 

Video shows heavy smoke, flames at home under investigation in Oak Forest


Police said Central Avenue from Independence to 155th Street and 155th Street from Long Avenue to Central Avenue were closed to traffic.

At 10 a.m., 155th Street reopened and Central avenue remains closed. 

This is a developing story. 

Source: ChicagoCBS