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Underground Fire Knocks Out Power For Thousands In South Loop

The fire caused "a lot of underground damage" and ComEd was preparing to start repairs, a Chicago Fire spokesman said.

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CHICAGO — No one was injured during an hours-long fire Thursday in the South Loop, but it left thousands of people without electric.

The underground fire started Thursday afternoon near Harrison and LaSalle streets. It burned for hours and was put out just after 6 p.m., Chicago Fire spokesman Larry Langford said.

ComEd was bringing in large generators to restore power to the area buildings while crews start repairs, Langford said.

Video from the scene showed dark smoke pouring out of a hole leading underground.

Firefighters used “dry chemical” to put out the fire, which was in an underground electrical vault, Langford said.

The fire caused “a lot of underground damage,” Langford said.

A ComEd outage map showed multiple buildings in the area were out of power, with the outages affecting thousands of people.

No one was injured, Langford said.