5 Injured in 2-Alarm Fire at John Hancock Building - NBC Chicago

5 Injured in 2-Alarm Fire at John Hancock Building

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    Fire Breaks Out Inside John Hancock

    Five people were hurt in a two-alarm fire on the 50th floor of the John Hancock building Saturday afternoon. NBC 5's Trina Orlando reports. (Published Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015)

    Five people were injured, including a Chicago Police officer, in a two-alarm fire Saturday afternoon at Chicago's iconic John Hancock Building.

    The fire broke out at approximately 2:30 p.m. inside an apartment bedroom on the 50th floor of the high-rise building, Chicago Fire Department officials said. Investigators have not determined what caused the fire, but said it was accidental.

    Fire officials said the flames gutted the apartment, and the residents on the 50th floor would be displaced.

    The five people who were hurt all suffered minor injuries, according to officials. Two people were listed in good condition, and three were listed as stable.

    Investigators say the apartment where the fire broke out was occupied by one person. That individual was able to get out safely. 

    At least six ambulances were called to the scene, and police closed traffic on North Michigan Avenue.

    Video of the scene showed flames and smoke shooting from the side of the building.

    The Hancock Building's security staff said the building wasn't immediately being evacuated, but they moved people away from the affected floors. Fire officials asked occupants to remain in their units but indicated that many residents chose to leave the building. 

    Chicago Fire officials said the fire was officially struck out by 4:00 p.m.