5 injured after fire destroys Second City theater offices

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CHICAGO — Four firefighters and one other person have been injured in a fire in a building that houses the offices of Chicago’s famed Second City theater company.

Wednesday’s fire did not reach the theater in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood that launched the careers of scores of comedians and actors, including John Belushi, Tina Fey and Bill Murray.

Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford tells reporters the fire apparently started in the kitchen of the Adobo Grill restaurant next to the theater and spread through vents to the roof and caused extensive damage to the Second City offices.

Langford says the four firefighters and a worker at the building had minor injuries. Their conditions had stabilized at hospitals.

The 130-year-old office building was destroyed and Wednesday night’s performances were cancelled.

The theater’s expected to be back open tonight.


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