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CFD: Adobo Grill Kitchen Started Blaze That Damaged Second City Offices

Three minor injuries reported.

Fire at North and Wells
Fire at North and Wells
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The fire that destroyed some of the offices of Chicago's comedy landmark The Second City originated from neighboring Adobo Grill, according to the Chicago Fire Department. Three suffered minor injuries, as crews put out the blaze shortly before 4 p.m. near the corner of North Avenue and Wells Street.

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said the blaze began in Adobo's kitchen by accident, before flames shot up to the roof. Firefighters responded around 1 p.m. to the building at 1610 N. Wells St. where the structure's roof collapsed, as heavy smoke billowed from the top. Damage spread south to Pipers Alley, where the 24-hour Starbucks is situated, but firefighters managed to cut the fire off before too much damage.

Both Adobo and Starbucks were evacuated as crews worked. One civilian and two fire personnel were treated for minor injuries.

The fire spared some of the Second City offices, which were once frequented by notable alumni Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and John Candy, but some memorabilia in the affected offices were destroyed.

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