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Rubber fire sends huge smoke plume over Chicago

CHICAGO —A large pile of shredded rubber caught fire on the Far South Side on Friday, sending flames and a huge plume of black smoke rising into the sky.

The fire began about 2 p.m. Friday at an industrial area near 117th Street and Torrence Avenue. It quickly escalated to a three-alarm fire and Level 1 Hazmat situation. As of about 4 p.m., the fire was struck out and the scene secured, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

No injuries were immediately reported. Hazardous materials crews were sent to the scene, where firefighters used multiple snorkel trucks to spray water onto the flames.

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