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Fire in Near North Parking Garage Kills One Person and Injures Four Others

A fire in a parking garage in Chicago’s River North neighborhood on Saturday, December 29th left one person dead and four others injured who are reported in critical condition.

Flames and heavy black smoke captured on cell phone video surrounded the area and were shooting from the roof of the building at Hubbard Avenue and Orleans Street about 1:20 p.m. Smoke could be seen for blocks and the roof was charred from the fire.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the deadly blaze at The Mart Parc Orleans Self Park Garage, 437 N. Orleans St., officials told the media.

Chicago Fire Department Battalion Chief Cynthia Herring told the press that the five were roofing workers who were working at the facility at the time of the tragedy. Dozens of emergency vehicles converged on the scene near Chicago’s downtown area as firefighters battled the blaze at the top of the 10-story structure. The garage remained closed for several hours while fire officials investigated the incident.

Watch more on WGN9.