Extra-alarm fire reported at Chicago’s old Post Office

Chicago Post office/ courtesy Getty Images

Chicago Post office/ courtesy Getty Images

CHICAGO (AP) — Fire crews have been called to respond to an extra-alarm fire at Chicago’s old Post Office.

Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford confirmed Tuesday that firefighters were called to the long-vacant structure around 10:30 a.m.

Plumes of black smoke trailed from the building, which straddles a Chicago freeway.

Fire officials say no injuries have been reported. Police are closing streets in the area.

The post office closed in 1995. However construction crews have recently been onsite for a restoration and renovation project that’s expected to include a rooftop park and landscaping along the Chicago River.

Construction on the building first began in the 1920s and it’s on the National Register of Historic Places.