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:: Monday, December 06, 2004 ::

Burn Baby Burn

Trib has an update on the Lasalle Bank Building fire - it's burned through to the 30th floor above it. A third of the city of Chicago's fire equipment is on scene dealing with the fire.

A fire was burning Monday night on an upper floor of a high-rise office building in the heart of the financial district in downtown Chicago, bringing a third of the city's fire equipment into the Loop to battle the flames.

Twenty-five people were taken to area hospitals, eight of them firefighters and 13 in serious to critical condition with unspecified injuries, CLTV reported.

The fire was reported about 6:30 p.m. on the 29th floor of the LaSalle Bank Building at 135 S. LaSalle Street, police said.

By 9:20 p.m., firefighters were shooting high-pressure streams of water through the 29th floor windows, and the flames appeared to be contained to that floor and diminishing.

But the blaze rekindled, as more flames started shooting out of different windows shortly before 10 p.m. Within a few minutes, the fire was reported to have spread to the 30th floor.

"The fire is continuing," Larry Langford, spokesman for the Chicago Police Department, said during a brief news conference on a sidewalk outside the building.

This article also has a really cool photo of a bunch of people just looking up. Follow the link for that, if not for the article's sake.

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