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House catches fire after steel plant explosion on Far South Side

CHICAGO — A Burnside house caught fire Wednesday morning after an explosion at a nearby steel plant sent burning debris flying through the air.

Officials said there was a slag pit explosion at Finkl Steel, 1355 E. 93rd St., about 8 a.m. Wednesday. Residents recalled the ground shaking as flaming pieces of debris hurtled through the neighborhood.

Firefighters responding to the explosion noticed a burning home in the 9100 block of South Woodlawn Avenue, fire officials said. A fire engulfed the back porch and tore through much of the rear of the three-flat home.

At least eight people were displaced after losing nearly all of their belongings.

Finkel steel executives said they will pay for the displaced place residents' hotel, food, shoes, clothing and other necessities.  They plan to fully reimburse the families for their loss.

One firefighter suffered a cut to the hand.

An investigation is underway.

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