Chicago Fire Department

Massive fire engulfs building in Chicago's West Town

There were no immediate details on the circumstances of the fire

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Editor's Note: The latest developments on the fire can be found here. Our original story continues below.

A massive fire broke out in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, bringing dozens of fire vehicles and other first responders to the scene.

Flames and smoke were visible for miles around Commercial Pallet, located near the intersection of Hubbard and Damen according to the Chicago Fire Department.

The fire was upgraded to a four-alarm fire, bringing several dozen pieces of equipment to the scene.

Metra trains on the UP-W line were halted in both directions due to the massive fire, the agency announced. Trains on the Milwaukee District West and North lines were also stopped in both directions because of the fire.

Service on all Metra lines resumed as normal shortly after 8 p.m.

Though no injuries were initially reported, two firefighters were hospitalized in good condition, fire officials announced at a media briefing.

The smoke was so intense from the fire that it was being picked up on Doppler radar, according to the NBC 5 Storm Team.

A massive fire has broken out in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood, the smoke was so intense it was registering on the Doppler radar

There were several businesses in the vicinity of the fire, but it's not known if the fire spread from its original source.

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