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Pink Line trains delayed by warehouse fire near tracks

A warehouse fire 2441 W. 21st Place can be seen for miles around Chicago Saturday December 29 2012. | Richard

A warehouse fire at 2441 W. 21st Place can be seen for miles around in Chicago on Saturday, December 29, 2012. | Richard A. Chapman~Sun-Times

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Updated: December 30, 2012 12:03AM

An extra-alarm fire at a near West Side factory hampered service on the Pink Line Saturday afternoon.

A 4-11 alarm was called for the fire in the 2400 block of West 21st Place about 1:45 p.m. It was struck out shortly before 4 p.m., according to the Chicago Fire Department.

Service on the CTA’s Pink Line has been suspended between the Kostner and Polk stations because of the fire, which was near CTA property between California and Western avenues.

As a result, Pink Line trains had been operating only in two sections, between 54th/Cermak and Kostner, and between Polk and the Loop.

The building was reportedly a 3-story factory and was fully engulfed in flames, according to dispatch reports.

A 4-11 alarm sends 16 engines, four trucks, two tower ladders, five battalion chiefs, one deputy district chief, one district chief, a deputy fire commissioner, the fire commissioner, a command van and an ambulance to the scene.

An EMS Plan I, which sends at least five ambulances to the scene, and a Level I Hazardous Materials response were also called for this fire. The EMS plan was secured about 2 p.m.

CTA Shuttle buses are available to provide connecting service through the affected area between 54th/Cermak and Polk. Pink Line riders should also consider using the No. 21 Cermak bus as alternate service between 54th/Cermak and Polk, the CTA says.

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