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Vacant Chicago Warehouse Burns, Becomes Frozen in Ice

Want to see more photos from the icy warehouse? Search the #bridgeport hashtag, and visit the location page for the nearby Advertising Flag Company.

On Tuesday evening, a vacant warehouse in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood caught fire. It took more than 200 firefighters the entire night to bring the blaze under control.

With Chicago facing some of the coldest temperatures of the season, the water used to battle the flames froze to the exterior of the building. The warehouse-turned-ice cube has attracted visitors from across the area, who have been documenting the uncommon sight through Instagram.

The five-alarm fire—the largest in Chicago since 2004—thankfully resulted in no injuries.


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Photos: Fire at Bay Area Chevron Refinery

For more photos, search the hashtags #chevron and #richmond.

A fire at a Chevron refinery in Richmond, California has sent up a five-mile plume of smoke, prompting a Bay Area notice for nearby residents to close windows and switch off air conditioning units.

Witnesses reported explosions around 6:30 p.m. PDT, but the cause of the explosions is not yet known. There have not yet been reports of injuries.