Firefighters battle flames and the cold at Gold Coast high-rise

Chicago firefighters were battling cold temperatures and flames on the 14th floor of a Gold Coast high-rise.

Just after 1 p.m. Friday, a fire was reported in one of the units. Firefighters responded and were able to contain the fire to one unit.  The owners of the unit are out of town.  One person suffered from minor smoke inhalation but no one else was hurt. No one was evacuated from the building.

This fire happened just hours before the deep freeze is set to set in over Chicagoland.

In an effort to get ahead of the cold, the state is opening about 100 warming centers state wide.  If you need to find one close to you all you have to do is dial 311.

Oases will also be open 24 hours to warm up if you are on the toll roads. If you find yourself stranded on the road you need to dial *999.  You should also have your car packed with a winter weather kit in case of a break down.

Authorities also say you should be checking on neighbors,especially elderly neighbors. The City of Chicago will do welfare checks — you just need to dial 311.

The deep freeze is nothing to take lightly as records in Illinois show that since 1995, about 130 people have lost there lives due to cold temperatures.

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