Chicago's John Hancock Building Fire Is Out, Police Report 1 Injured

A fire burning in a residence on the 50th floor of the John Hancock Center in Chicago has been put out according to the city’s fire department. At least 6 ambulances were on scene responding to the initial situation. One injury has been confirmed by the Chicago Fire Department via Twitter.

 

The infamous John Hancock building in Chicago is on fire. CNN reports, and the following tweets show, flames visible halfway up and enormous plumes of smoke amid the freezing Illinois air. The fire is in the northeast corner of what appears to be the 50th floor of the building. No details yet on the cause or of any injuries...

AP reports,

A fire has broken out high up in the John Hancock Center, one of Chicago's tallest skyscrapers.

 

Flames could be seen shooting out of a window on the 50th floor Saturday.

 

Chicago police say they were getting calls reporting the blaze from people inside the building. It has offices and residential units, along with a rooftop observation room popular with tourists.

 

It's not clear whether anyone is hurt.

 

The Fire Department's media office tweeted that the fire was under control and firefighters were ventilating the floor. A Fire Department spokesman could not immediately be reached to provide more details.

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Authorities have shut down Michigan Avenue, which will be holding the Magnificent Mile Festival of Lights Parade Saturday evening.

Images from the scene...