CHICAGO (AP) - A restaurant fire prompted an evacuation Tuesday
of the downtown twin skyscrapers that house the Chicago Mercantile
Exchange.
Hundreds of employees of law firms and other businesses were
allowed to return to their offices about two hours later.
The fire started in the restaurant's grease chute, fire
department spokesman Kevin McGregor said. Damage was mostly
confined to the first-floor Rivers restaurant, and the building
lobby had some water damage.
Two people were treated at the scene, one for smoke inhalation,
said Deputy Fire Chief Ed Enright. They were not taken to the
hospital.
The buildings stand about 40 stories tall on the west side of
the downtown Loop.
Vic Zelener, director of trading floor operations of the Chicago
Mercantile Exchange, said after-hours trading continued at the
commodity futures exchange. He said firefighters deemed that part
of the building safe.
The building also houses the Chicago bureau of The Associated
Press.