Newswire: UPDATED: Chicago’s Second City offices destroyed by fire

The Second City theater building is on fire. The legendary improv comedy training ground—whose alumni include Bill Murray, John Belushi, Joan Rivers, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Chris Farley, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, Tina Fey, and probably any other major figure you can think of in the last five decades of American comedy—is being threatened by a three-alarm blaze that broke out next door in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. The Chicago Tribune reports, however, that the fire hasn’t spread to the actual Second City theater (nor to the UP Comedy Club), and that the Second City offices appear to have caught the worst of it.

At least two firefighters have already been injured, and Chicago crime reporter Peter Nickeas—one of countless journalists currently at the scene—is reporting that Second City’s offices have been destroyed. At present, the fire—which started as a grease fire …

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