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Gresham fire destroys apartment

Sixteen people, including three children, were temporarily displaced by an apartment fire early Christmas Eve morning. 

The fire was in a five-floor apartment building the 1800 block of West 79th Street in the Gresham neighborhood. 

They waited in a warming bus while firefighters worked.

The first 911 call came in just before 2:55 a.m. and the fire was extinguished about a half hour later, according to the Chicago Fire Department. 

No one was injured. 

Chicago police said the fire was in a unit occupied by one or two people who won't be able to return anytime soon but that the rest of the building appeared habitable. 

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