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Chicago firefighter injured battling extra-alarm fire that likely will lead to South Side building’s demolition

A firefighter suffered minor injuries Tuesday morning battling a blaze at a two-alarm fire that overtook a West Chatham building before spreading to a second building nearby, officials said.

The building at the corner of 79th Street and Vincennes Avenue houses a convenience store on the ground level and apartments above, according to posts on social media from the Chicago Fire Department, which has had crews battling the blaze since about 6:30 a.m. An hour later, the fire had not been entirely struck out.

Fire officials said one firefighter suffered minor injuries; no one else was reported injured. The fire jumped to a second building, officials said.

The corner building with the store was expected to require demolition due to the extent of the damage, according to the fire department.

kdouglas@chicagotribune.com

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