Chicago Firefighters Extinguish High-Rise Fire

Chicago firefighters responded to a basement fire Thursday night that sent smoke into the upper floors of a high rise on the city’s north side.

The fire in the 16-story building caused no serious injuries, according to a Chicago Tribune report (

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Firefighters found flames in the basement of the building and as a precaution requested an EMS Plan 1, sending at least five ambulances to the scene. The fire was later elevated to a 2-11 alarm, bringing about 120 firefighters to the structure.

Firefighters contained the fire to a basement storage area, but had difficulty accessing the seat of the fire, which was in a storage area. Chicago Fire Department Commissioner Jose Santiago characterized the area like a “maze.”

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Smoke rose through the elevator shafts to the building’s upper floors. Firefighters searched the structure, but no occupants needed hospitalization.

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