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Vacant building collapses in Lincoln Park blaze

Firefighters work extinguish three-story 25-by-75-foot brick building 525 W. Armitage Ave. Friday Sept. 16 2011 Chicago. The building partially collapsed

Firefighters work to extinguish a three-story 25-by-75-foot brick building at 525 W. Armitage Ave. Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, in Chicago. The building partially collapsed as a result of the fire, and no civilians were injured. | John J. Kim~Sun-Times

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Updated: September 16, 2011 2:59PM

A multi-alarm blaze that caused the collapse of a three-story building in the North Side Lincoln Park neighborhood has been extinguished Friday afternoon.

A still-and-box alarm was called about 12:50 p.m. for the fire at 525 W. Armitage Ave., according to Fire Media Affairs spokesman Richard Rosado. A second alarm was called about 1:05 p.m.

The fire was burning on the second and third floors of a vacant three-story 25-by-75-foot brick building, he said. The building collapsed about 1:45 p.m.

Firefighters realized the structure was going to collapse and had set up a defensive perimeter, Rosado said.

No injuries were reported and the fire was out about 2 p.m.

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