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The John Hancock building caught fire this afternoon

The John Hancock Center
Photograph: Martha Williams The John Hancock Center

Fires are a fact of life, but Chicago has had a string of notable structures catch ablaze within the past few months. In August, a fire destroyed Lincoln Lanes, then a blaze at the Adobo Grill in Piper's Alley caused major damage to Second City. Earlier this week, the Abbey Pub caught fire, causing damage that forced the Irving Park venue to cancel several shows this weekend.

Earlier this afternoon, flames engulfed a corner of the 50th floor of the John Hancock building, causing police to close Michigan Avenue as firefighters battled the two-alarm blaze. Smoke could be seen pouring out of the building, coming from a residential floor of the 100-story tower. Thankfully, only one person was reported to be injured and was transported to the nearby Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

At 3:40pm, the Chicago Fire Department announced that the fire was out as firefighters began sweeping each floor of the building to look for anyone else who might have been injured.

As of this writing, The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, which takes place on Michigan Avenue, seems to be going forward as originally planned.