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Firefighters battle spectacular blaze in East Chicago

A fire ball rises from an explosiscene structure fire 526 W. Chicago Ave. East Chicago Ind. Saturday March 9 2013.

A fire ball rises from an explosion at the scene of a structure fire at 526 W. Chicago Ave. in East Chicago, Ind., Saturday, March 9, 2013. The initial fire call came in at 4:33 pm. The fire eventually spread to a neighboring building to the east. | Guy Rhodes~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: April 11, 2013 7:10AM



Explosions rocked a section of East Chicago as crews battled a fire Saturday that destroyed several businesses in the 500 block of West Chicago Avenue.

The initial fire call came in at 4:33 p.m. The fire eventually spread to a neighboring building to the east.

A crowd gathered to watch the fire, which threw flames and smoke high into the air. The fire also triggered power outages at area businesses, including a Walgreens.

The Lake County Treasurer’s Office lists Lake County Trust Co., 2200 N. Main St., Crown Point, as the property owner at 526 W. Chicago Ave.



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