Updated: Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013, 7:13 AM EST
Published : Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013, 7:13 AM EST
CHICAGO (AP) — Frigid, 10-degree temperatures added to the difficulty as firefighters battled a warehouse fire on the city South Side that was described by officials as "extreme" and one of the largest in recent years.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported late Tuesday that more than 170 firefighters responded to the five-alarm blaze at an abandoned warehouse in the 3700 block of South Ashland Avenue.
One firefighter was taken to a hospital with a minor back injury, the newspaper reports.
Fire officials say the blaze was first spotted just after 9 p.m. and was contained about 11:45 p.m.
Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford says the blaze required the largest response he could recall since a fire in 2004 and that suburban departments would have been called in if it had gotten any larger.
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