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Fire people injured during apartment fire in city skyscraper

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Fire vents from the 50th floor of Chicago’s John Hancock Center on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. (Chicago Fire Department photo)

CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say a fire that broke out about halfway up the John Hancock Center, one of Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers, has been put out. Five people were injured.

Flames and thick smoke poured out of an east side window on the 50th floor Saturday. Authorities said the fire did not leave the residential unit where it began but the apartment was gutted and other residents on the floor would be displaced. The Fire department said the fire was accidental.

The iconic 99-floor building also has offices, shops and an observation floor popular with tourists.

The Fire Department’s media office tweeted that of the injured, two were in good condition and three were stable. A spokesman couldn’t immediately be reached to provide details.

Firefighters conducted floor-by-floor searches to ensure people were safe.

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Authorities respond to a fire at the John Hancock Center, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in Chicago. Authorities say a fire that broke out about halfway up the building, one of Chicago's tallest skyscrapers, has been put out. (Brian Nguyen/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Authorities respond to a fire at the John Hancock Center, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in Chicago. Authorities say a fire that broke out about halfway up the building, one of Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers, has been put out. (Brian Nguyen/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Fire damage is seen at the John Hancock Center, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in Chicago. Authorities say a fire that broke out about halfway up the building, one of Chicago's tallest skyscrapers, has been put out. (Brian Nguyen/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Fire damage is seen at the John Hancock Center, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in Chicago. Authorities say a fire that broke out about halfway up the building, one of Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers, has been put out. (Brian Nguyen/Chicago Tribune via AP)

 

 

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