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Fire causes extensive damage to Chicago's Second City theatre offices

Four firefighters and one other person have been injured in a fire in a building that houses the offices of Chicago's famed Second City theatre company.

Wednesday's fire did not reach the theatre in Chicago's Old Town neighbourhood that launched the careers of scores of comedians and actors, including John Belushi, Tina Fey and Bill Murray.

But Second City announced that shows and classes for the day have been cancelled.

The fire apparently started in the kitchen of a restaurant next to the theatre and spread through vents to the roof and caused extensive damage to the Second City offices, fire department spokesman Larry Langford said.

The four firefighters and a worker at the building suffered minor injuries but their conditions have stabilised, Mr Langford added.

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