Idling train sends smoke, soot into high-rise vents

May 11, 2012 2:18:58 PM PDT
A smoky fire broke out in a downtown ventilation shaft near several high-rise buildings earlier Friday.

Firefighters responded to reports of heavy smoke on the 400-block of West Van Buren. Fire department officials say an idling train produced the smoke and soot which overwhelmed the vent shaft.

The smoke and fire were out by 11:30 a.m. No injuries were reported.


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