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Fire Crews Hoisted Ladders Over CTA Tracks To Fight Extra-Alarm Fulton Market Blaze

The fire at 1201 W. Lake Street was out by 8 a.m., but Green and Pink line trains between Ashland and Lake & Clinton remain suspended.

An extra alarm fire shut down trains early Thursday in the Fulton Market area.
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FULTON MARKET — Fire crews had to put their ladders over CTA tracks to fight an early morning blaze at a Near West Side metal plating company, officials said.

The fire broke out around 4:30 a.m. in a metal plating facility at 1201 W. Lake Street, Chicago Fire Department officials said at a morning news conference.

The blaze in the two-story building escalated from a two-alarm to a three-alarm fire within an hour, but as of 7:30 a.m., fire crews had it under control, the department said. The fire was extinguished by 8 a.m.

A hazmat response was called due to possible chemicals inside the building, but air testing in the area showed no issues, officials said.

The location of the blaze was an awkward one, and firefighters had to hoist their ladders over the elevated CTA Green and Pink line tracks in order to battle the blaze.

As of 7:40 a.m., Green Line service had partially resumed, but no trains were running between Ashland and Lake & Clinton due to fire near the tracks. Shuttle buses are available between Ashland/Lake and Clinton to provide connecting service, the CTA said in a statement.

No one was injured in the fire, and no other buildings appeared to be damaged, officials said.

The cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation.

CTA Green and Pink line train service between Ashland and Lake & Clinton is expected to be up and running again by the evening rush hour.

Photos by Jon Hansen