Fire Threatens Chicago's Second City

News   Fire Threatens Chicago's Second City
 
A multi-alarm fire has destroyed some of the offices of Chicago's legendary Second City improv group, but apparently has spared the theatre's performing spaces, according to various reports.

The smoky blaze at 1612 North Wells Street apparently started as a grease fire in the Adobo Grill restaurant on the building's first floor at lunchtime Aug. 26 and spread to the offices. Time Out/Chicago and the Chicago Tribune were reporting that while the fire did not affect Second City's four theatres at 1616 and 1608 North Wells Street, it was not clear how severe smoke and water damage may have been.

Four injuries were reported: three firefighters and a worker in the building.

The Tribune reported that there was two feet of water in the floor above one of the Second City theatres. Firefighters held off on breaking a hole in the floor to drain it, out of concern for the theatre space.

Second City CEO and co-owner Kelly Leonard posted on his Facebook page, "Almost 30 years of my stuff at Second City is burned and gone.... But it's just stuff. The people are what's important."

He told the Tribune, "It has gutted our two levels of offices. But we’ll fix it. They advised us to close tonight, but I suspect we will be open tomorrow. The theaters are fine. The most important thing is that no one is hurt. Thank the Lord." All performances at the complex were canceled Wednesday evening.

This report will be updated as more information comes in.

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