Extra-Alarm Fire Out, Pink Line Trains Resume Service

Sunday, Dec 30, 2012  |  Updated 2:18 PM CDT
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A 4-11 alarm fire at a factory in the West Side Pilsen neighborhood destroyed the building and delayed service on the CTA Pink Line. Emily Florez reports for NBC News at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.

A 4-11 alarm fire at a factory in the West Side Pilsen neighborhood destroyed the building and delayed service on the CTA Pink Line. Emily Florez reports for NBC News at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.

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A extra-alarm fire at a factory in the West Side Pilsen neighborhood that burned for more than two hours delayed trains on the CTA's Pink Line for several hours on Satuday.

The fire was put out around 3:49 p.m. Satuday, according to a tweet from Chicago Fire Media. No injuries have been reported.

A 4-11 alarm was called for the fire in the 2400 block of West 21st Place around 1:45 p.m.  The building started to collapse around 2:43 p.m., Chicago Fire Media tweeted.

The blaze, which could be seen from the John Hancock Observatory, disrupted service on the CTA's Pink Line. Normal service remains suspended as of 4:13 p.m.

"Again: Pink Line trains btwn Loop & West Side now operating as far as 18th; also Central Park & 54/Cermak w/shuttles to bridge gap.," CTA tweeted Saturday evening after the fire had been extinguished.

Shuttle buses were made available to provide connecting service through the affected area between 54th/Cermak and Central Park, according to an alert on the CTA's website.

Normal service resumed on the Pink Line around 9:43 p.m. with residual delays, CTA tweeted.

The building is reportedly a 3-story factory and was fully engulfed in flames, according to dispatch reports.

An EMS Plan I, which sends at least five ambulances to the scene, and a Level I Hazardous Materials response were also called for this fire. The EMS plan was secured about 2 p.m.

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