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South Side fire largest in 7 years

Chicago firefighters are still checking out on Wednesday afternoon the site of a massive blaze in Bridgeport. It was the largest fire in the city in seven years.

One firefighter was seriously injured when he slipped on some ice, and was taken to Christ Medical Center.


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Firefighters are still on the scene of a warehouse fire in the Bridgeport neighborhood.

The fire is mostly out, but crews are searching for hot spots.

At its peak, 170 firefighters were needed to get the flames under control.

The fire broke out in a vacant building in the 3700 block of South Ashland, just after 9 p.m. Tuesday.

It was called in by a fire department chief who was driving by.

The cold weather made it difficult on crews, who had to deal with frozen hydrants and ice from their hoses.

One firefighter suffered a back injury, but no one else was hurt.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fire commisioner statement on Bridgeport fire

200 Chicago firefighters worked to battle a massive blaze in Bridgeport Tuesday night at a five story vacant warehouse.

Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago said the fire was detected around 9 p.m. and shortly after it was established many crews would be need to contain the fire.

The Chicago Tribune reports one-third of the Chicago Fire Department’s on-duty personnel responded.  60-70 vehicles also responded.

Bitter cold temperatures and winds made fighting the blaze difficult.  The 5-11 alarm was the largest fire in the city in seven years, according to the commissioner.

The fire was contained around midnight.

One firefighter was taken to the hospital for minor back injuries.

A Chicago firefighter was transported to the hospital with “minor back issue” while fighting a massive blaze on the south side, according to a Chicago Fire Dept tweet.

Officials say  around 50 fire companies and 170 crew members are currently battling the blaze in the 3700 block of S. Ashland.

The building on fire is vacant warehouse.

The fire has been burning since around 9 p.m.

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A multi-alarm fire broke out in an abandoned warehouse on Chicago’s south side Tuesday night.


Fire crews continue to battle a blaze at an abandoned warehouse in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood.

The 5-story building in the 3700 block of S. Ashland is a 5-alarm fire, according to the Chicago Fire Dept.

Around 50 fire companies and 170 crew members are on the scene.

The rear of the building has collapsed.

No injuries have been reported.

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Fire crews are on the scene of a 5 alarm fire on Chicago’s south side.

According to the Chicago Fire Dept, the firs is at an old warehouse in the 3700 block of S. Ashland in the city’s Bridgeport neighborhood.

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