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Billowing dark gray smoke could be seen far and wide throughout Northwest Indiana after a large fire erupted on Chicago's Far South Side Friday.

Larry Merritt, a spokesman for the Chicago Fire Department, said piles of shredded rubber caught fire in an industrial area near 117th Street and Torrence Avenue around 2 p.m., prompting 180 personnel on scene.

“I can say that our crews will be out here working for a long time,” Merritt said.

Merritt said the fire was classified as a “2-11” which means extra emergency personnel were called. The fire was also classified as a Level 1 for Hazmat because of the type of material that is on fire.

No injuries were reported, and the fire was far from any other structures, Merritt said.

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