Blaze destroys Ill. hotel

Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 9:22 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 9:22 a.m.

LOCKPORT, Ill. - Dozens of firefighters battled a five-alarm blaze Tuesday that broke out before dawn at a hotel in a Chicago suburb. There weren't any immediate reports of injuries.

Officials with the Lockport Township Fire Protection District said the blaze at the three-story Towpath Inn broke out just before 4 a.m. Tuesday and was brought under control a few hours later.

Firefighters from several surrounding communities spent hours pouring water onto the blaze as flames shot from the roof of the older brick building.

Authorities at the two large area hospitals say no victims were being treated at their facilities.

Officials with the Metra commuter rail service say they canceled train service into Chicago because of the fire, which is near Metra's Lockport station.

Lockport is about 25 miles southwest of Chicago. According to the city's Web site, its downtown is part of a historic district surrounding the Illinois and Michigan Canal, built in the mid-19th century to link the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River.

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