Southwest Side warehouse catches fire; Pink Line nearby shut down temporarily

December 29, 2012 3:57:53 PM PST
The Chicago Fire Department responded Saturday to the scene of a two-alarm fire in the 2400-block of West 21st Street.

The blaze was reported as a warehouse fire that was well involved. Flames and black smoke could be seen pouring from the building early Saturday afternoon.

Following a massive response, the fire was struck out before 4:00 p.m.

There were no reports of any injuries.

Fire officials say it is unclear what caused the fire, but they believe it began in the rear of the building where garbage is kept.

"It ran quickly, the building is gone- surprisingly because it is an old construction. The fire got into the roof, and the roof came down," said Commissioner Jose Santiago.

The CTA shut down service on the Pink Line between Polk and Central Park in both directions in response to the fire. Shuttle buses for riders are being provided.


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