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Chicago firefighters battle major blaze in freezing temperatures

An ice-covered pair of gloves belonging to a Chicago firefighter stand on a railing behind him in single-digit temperatures during a five-alarm blaze in the city's Bridgeport neighborhood on Jan. 23, 2013.Charles Rex Arbogast / AP

By John Newland, Staff Writer, NBC News

A five-alarm fire ripped through a warehouse in Chicago’s South Side Tuesday night.

“This is a major fire,” the Chicago Fire Department posted on Twitter, adding that the scale of the response – five alarms plus two “special” calls for additional trucks -- was “extremely rare.” About 170 firefighters were on the scene.

“This fire has about one-third of the city fire apparatus at this location,” the department said on Twitter. Read the full story.

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