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North side Chicago strip mall catches fire

7:16 PM, Nov 15, 2013   |    comments
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CHICAGO --

Emergency crews have a massive strip mall fire on the North Side of Chicago under control.

Heavy smoke and flames could be seen pouring out of the building located at 3106 W. Peterson, near N. Lincoln Avenue. The fire started around 4 p.m. and official declared it officially struck shortly before 6 p.m.

The fire appears to have originated at the back of Mid American Furniture, but has spread to the adjacent businesses, including Supercuts, a FourEyes optometry store a nail salon and an American Mattress store.

Nearby power lines were causing explosions at the scene.

Officials upgraded the incident to a four-alarm fire before it was struck.

The roof has completely caved in on the structure.

Firefighters were trying to stop the fire from spreading north to an apartment building directly behind the strip mall.

Several witnesses say roofers were working on the building when the fire started.

ComEd confirms 700 without power on the North Side due to the fire.

The No. 11 Lincoln and the No. 84 Peterson CTA buses have been rerouted due to the fire.

No injuries were reported at the scene.

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