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Firefighters injured battling smoky 2-alarm fire in South Side body shop

Chicago firefighters battle a two-alarm fire in a body shop in the 200 block of West 65th Street Tuesday morning. | Fire Media

A firefighter was injured as the Chicago Fire Department battled a two-alarm blaze at an auto body shop Tuesday morning in the South Side Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood for over two hours.

A Level 1 HazMat alert was also called for the Aero Auto shop in the 200 block of West 65th Street near the Dan Ryan Expressway, according to Fire Media.

A firefighter suffered a minor injury battling the smoky blaze, which apparently started while an employee was working on a vehicle with a cutting torch, Fire Media said.

The fire was reported about 8:19 a.m. and a second alarm was called at 8:36 a.m., bringing about 140 firefighters and 38 pieces of equipment to the scene.

Most of the roof of the building had collapsed as of 10:15 a.m. The fire was put out about 10:45 p.m.

A smoky fire is raging at body shop in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood Tuesday morning. | Fire Media

Smoke pours from a body shop in the 200 block of West 65th Street Tuesday morning. | Fire Media