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Extra-Alarm Fire Breaks Out At West Side Chinese Restaurant

Cicero Avenue Fire

An extra-alarm fire broke out early Wednesday at a Chinese restaurant at 521 S. Cicero Ave. (Credit: CBS)

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UPDATED 12/14/11 5:33 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — An extra-alarm fire broke out early Wednesday at a Chinese restaurant in the South Austin neighborhood, and left two other buildings damaged.

As of 5 a.m., emergency crews remained on the scene of the 2-11 alarm fire at C&P Fried Rice, 521 S. Cicero Ave. Thick smoke continued to billow out of the building as fire crews attempted to quell the flames.

By 5:30 a.m., the fire appeared to be out, but smoke still left the area in a haze.

Two nearby buildings also sustained minor damage, but crews have so far managed to confine most of the flames to the restaurant.

Residents in the two nearby buildings evacuated, and a CTA warming bus was provided as a place to stay as crews continue to respond, police said.

Firefighters also checked the two nearby two-story buildings to make sure no one was still isnide.

Cicero Avenue was closed between Jackson Boulevard and Flournoy Street as of 5:30 a.m. CBS 2’s Derrick Young reports the exit and entrance ramps on the Eisenhower Expressway at Cicero Avenue were also closed for a period of time to accommodate firefighting efforts, although they were back open by 5:15 a.m.

No injuries were reported.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.