Fire in Chicago high-rise kills 2

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CHICAGO (AP) – Fire broke out in a high-rise apartment building in Chicago on Friday night, killing at least two people and injuring two others.

Two elderly victims were taken to the hospital in critical condition but later died, said Fire Department spokeswoman Eve Rodriguez. Two other people were in fair condition after the fire, which began in an apartment on the 26th floor of the 43-story building. One firefighter also suffered a minor injury and was in good condition, she said.

The cause of the fire was being investigated.

One of the dead was a man in the apartment where the fire started, and the other was below that floor, said Fire Commissioner Raymond Orozco.

The fire “consumed” the apartment in which it started, forcing dozens of residents of the 26th and nearby floors to evacuate, Orozco said. The blaze was put out in less than two hours. Most residents were expected to be able to get back into their homes some time Friday night, Orozco said.

The building houses about 1,100 residents in nearly 500 apartments, according to the property manager’s Web site.

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