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Chicago Firefighters Working Their “Largest Fire in Several Years”

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, FIREFIGHTERS are on the scene of major fire that took out an abandoned warehouse in the city's South Side.  An off-duty battalion chief happened to be passing by around 9 pm Tuesday night when he spotted smoke coming from some window.  He stopped and took a look inside where he observed flames and called in the alarm.

Chicago Sun-Times / Marton

The fire was already through a large area of the 5-story building and started to spread into another building that houses a printing company, but the FF's stopped it quickly.

WMAQ-TV posted some raw video taken early during the operation:

 

View more videos at: http://nbcchicago.com.

 

The NBC station also reported:

"We haven’t had a fire this big in many years," fire department spokesman Larry Langford said as crews fought the fire on the 3700 block of South Ashland Avenue. The blaze prompted the department's biggest response in seven years with about one-third of Chicago firefighters turning out.

On Wednesday morning, the five-story building was covered in ice from all the water poured onto it in freezing temperatures. Chicago saw dangerously cold 10-degree temperatures overnight after the coldest day in several years with wind chill lows plunging to -10 and -20 degrees.

A major portion of the south wall and the roof collapsed around 10:30 pm.

WBBM-TV prepared this good video report from the scene:

 

The Chicago Tribune has more HERE.

Dawn rose to display an ice-covered exterior.  (CBS)

 

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