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Car Catches Fire In Lake Shore Drive Apartment Garage

Smoke rises from an air shaft after a car caught fire in the basement garage of a Near North Side apartment complex early Thursday. (Photo from Network Video Productions)

Smoke rises from an air shaft after a car caught fire in the basement garage of a Near North Side apartment complex early Thursday. (Photo from Network Video Productions)

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CHICAGO (STMW) – A car caught on fire at an apartment high-rise early Thursday in the Near North Side neighborhood.

Firefighters responded to the incident about 3 a.m. in the 900 block of North Lake Shore Drive, said police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro. The vehicle – which was parked in the basement – sent smoke through the building’s ventilation shaft, Alfaro added.

A 2-year-old boy was transported to Lurie Children’s Hospital in good condition and is expected to be released later Thursday, Alfaro said. Police added the measure was for “precautionary reasons.”

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Chicago Fire Media Affairs said some people “self-evacuated” the building.

The fire was struck out about an hour later, authorities said.

How the car caught on fire was not immediately known early Thursday.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2014. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)