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Chicago firefighters battle two-alarm blaze  late Monday commercial building 300 block East Pershing Road Bronzeville neighborhood. Flames shoot skyward

Chicago firefighters battle a two-alarm blaze late Monday in a commercial building in the 300 block of East Pershing Road in the Bronzeville neighborhood. Flames shoot skyward as they attack the fire from three angles. | NVP News video

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Updated: July 2, 2013 5:57AM

A three-alarm blaze that destroyed multiple Bronzeville businesses Tuesday morning has been extinguished.

The fire was officially struck out about 3:55 a.m., Fire Media Affairs spokesperson Will Knight said.

The blaze gutted the multi-unit building in the 300 block of East Pershing Road, which housed a boarded-up barbershop, a barbecue restaurant and a wireless phone store, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

“Everything has water or smoke damage inside,” Knight said.

Firefighters were first called to the commercial fire about 11 p.m., after people in the barbecue restaurant smelled smoke, according to the fire department.

Less than an hour later, flames could be seen shooting skyward as firefighters battled the blaze in the 75 feet by 125 feet building, according to fire officials. At some point, the roof collapsed.

Just before 2 a.m. officials announced the two-alarm fire was under control, but about 30 minutes later the fire was upgraded to a three-alarm fire, according to the fire department.

Roughly 175 firefighters and paramedics responded to the scene, though nobody was seriously injured in the fire.

Crews are expected to remain at the scene for cleanup into the early morning rush hour, according to fire department officials.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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