2 Firefighters Injured in Extra-Alarm Blaze in South Loop

Firefighters battle blaze overnight that injures 2 firefighters

An extra-alarm fire blazed for hours in Chicago's South Loop early Wednesday morning, injuring two firefighters.

The fire was reported just before 3 a.m. at a restaurant near State Street and Cermak Road.

A Chicago Fire Department Media spokesman said one firefighter suffered an ankle injury and was taken to Mercy Hospital. Another firefighter hurt his back falling on the ice. 

Four businesses, including several restaurants and a mobile phone business, were damaged in the blaze, officials said. The businesses affected include Dragon Fire, Jamaica Jerk Villa, Shark's Fish and Chicken and Mobile Central.

Because of the cold New Year's Eve weather, a Chicago Transit Authority warming bus was set up nearby.

CTA Green Line service was temporarily suspended between Roosevelt and 35th Street, according to a CTA alert.

Fire officials said at the scene the blaze appeared to have started at Jamaica Jerk Villa, but said an investigation was ongoing.

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