The All-Stars Gentlemen’s Club at 11645 W. Grand Avenue in Northlake, IL was destroyed today by fire. The building went up quickly and by all accounts came down just as fast. The temperature was in the high teens, and the header could be seen for a good 20 miles.¬†The club was located within the Leyden Township Fire Protection District one block east of the I-294 tollway. Many departments from MABAS Division 20 were on the scene including Rosemont, Maywood, Westchester, Schiller Park, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, Elmwood Park, Bensenville, River Grove, Bellwood, and Franklin Park. Several area photographers descended on the scene to document the fire but few arrived in time for the most spectacular images. Steve Redick, Jeff Rudolph, Larry Shapiro, and Tim Olk all arrived after the roof was in. Here are a few quick shots from Tim Olk and a panoramic view showing the back of the site by Steve Redick. More images will follow.

All Star Gentlemen's Club fire - Leyden Township Northlake, IL

After the roof came in on the club, fire was still burning near a neighboring storage yard. Tim Olk photo

All Star Gentlemen's Club fire - Leyden Township Northlake, IL

Heavy fire consumes the remnants of the All Stars Gentlemen's Club in Northlake. Tim Olk photo

All Star Gentlemen's Club fire - Leyden Township Northlake, IL

Leyden Quint 133, an E-ONE Typhoon, was repositioned further from the building after the heat became too intense. Tim Olk photo

All Star Gentlemen's Club fire - Leyden Township Northlake, IL

A firefighter directs the master stream from Westchester's E-ONE aerial ladder. This fire was somewhat unique in that all three elevated master stream devices were straight aerial ladders. No tower ladders went to work here. Tim Olk photo

All Star Gentlemen's Club fire - Leyden Township Northlake, IL

This 180-degree panoramic image shows the rear of the fire scene. Steve Redick photo

Tim Olk’s photos can be seen HERE.

Steve Redick’s photos and videos can be seen HERE.