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Chicago Avenue Deli goes up in flames [PHOTOS]

The dramatic blaze, which is now under control, resulted in a couple blocks of Chicago Avenue being closed this morning.
The dramatic blaze, which is now under control, resulted in a couple blocks of Chicago Avenue being closed this morning.

The Chicago Avenue Deli, located at 25th Street and Chicago Avenue in south Minneapolis, went up in flames overnight.

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A fire at the building was first reported at about 3:30 a.m., with the blaze intensifying a couple of hours later. Though the precise extent of the damage isn't clear at this point, it certainly looks as though the building is a complete loss.

Via Fox 9's Greg Kellogg, here are photos of the blaze, from earliest (top) to newest (bottom):

Sadly, the fire comes shortly after the deli finished repairs needed after the building was significantly damaged in January by a conversion van that slammed into it in the middle of the night.

Though the blaze did set off smoke alarms at the neighboring Children's Hospital, it appears other structures escaped unscathed. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported.

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