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Arson investigation into Sofitel fires

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CHICAGO – An arson investigation is underway this morning at the Sofitel Hotel downtown.

This happened about 2:00 a.m., when garbage was set on fire in the stairwell on the 19th floor of the hotel at Chestnut and Wabash.  Hotel staff put that fire out.

But while emergency crews were still on the scene, some towels were set on fire on the 31st floor.

Many guests were evacuated to the street.  There were no injuries.

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