Chicago Fire Department conducting high rise fire drill downtown today

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The Chicago Fire Department will conduct a simulated high rise fire and evacuation drill this morning at the Aon Center, resulting in some street closures in the area along with a lot of activity unusual for a Sunday morning downtown.

According to a media advisory from the Chicago Fire Department, the drill will begin at 9:15 a.m. at the Aon Center, 200 E. Randolph St., and will run until about 11:30 a.m. A lot of Chicago Fire Department equipment and personnel will be in the area around that time.

The city’s office of Emergency Management & Communications will coordinate street closures and traffic in the area.

The actual drill will simulate a fire on an upper floor of the building and will include an evacuation of portions of the building. Smoke machines will be used to better simulate real conditions, but there will be no actual fire, the media advisory said.

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