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No injuries in extra-alarm fire at South Side high-rise

Staff report

10:32 PM EST, January 3, 2014

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No one was injured in an extra-alarm fire at a high-rise in the North Kenwood neighborhood this evening, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

The fire started in a 15th-floor apartment at the 17-story building in the 900 block of East 47th Street, according to the Fire Department's news office, and about 8:20 p.m., fire could be seen shooting from an upper floor of the building, which is about 17 stories tall. By about 8:35 p.m., the fire was under control.

To avoid the cold, firefighters were able to keep residents of the building inside on the first floor while they fought the fire on the upper floors.

Two people were displaced by the fire, and residents were allowed back in a little after 9 p.m., according to the Fire Department. Four people were evaluated for injuries on-scene, but declined to be taken to hospitals.

Strong flames were seem leaping out from the floor where fire was first seen, and the fire appeared to have spread to at least one other floor.

The fire was raised to a 2-11 alarm, sending more than 100 firefighters and more than a dozen pieces of equipment to the scene, and Emergency Medical Services Plan 1 was called for the fire, sending at least six ambulances to the scene.

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