Fire destroys Chicago’s Second City comedy club offices, injures 3
The cause of the fire, which occurred in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood, has not been confirmed, but Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford stated on Twitter that it began in the kitchen of the Adobo café, which is located right underneath Second City’s offices at 1612 North Wells.
After the fire began, it quickly spread all the way up through the building to the roof.
Three people have been reported injured so far, including two firefighters and one civilian, Langford said. All are in stable condition.
Fire at Piper's Alley, home of Second City Chicago. Seems to be getting worse. Ongoing for over 30 min. pic.twitter.com/5OlKpy0TXv— Felipe Jorge (@feepae) August 26, 2015
Firefighters eventually put the blaze under control, but the building itself has suffered from “heavy damage,” according to the fire department.
Flames picking up on rooftop. pic.twitter.com/I3TIuIeOnB— Holmes McHolmester (@bhomey) August 26, 2015
While the Second City offices on the second and third floors were destroyed, the fire did not damage the comedy troupe’s iconic theater or spread to any other structures. Only one building has been damaged in the blaze, with parts of its roof falling in.
Roof is still going. Some collapse of roof in progress no injury. Second city still good pic.twitter.com/TKm3dCIb7W— Chicago Fire Media (@CFDMedia) August 26, 2015
Although performers with Second City were inside the building, they were evacuated and no one was hurt, the group said in a statement.
All shows and classes at the comedy club have been cancelled for the day.