The Chicago office building that has been plagued by smoke and fires is the latest casualty in the city’s ongoing fire crisis.
According to fire officials, a fire broke out Friday morning at the downtown Chicago office of KPMG, the law firm that’s been in the building since January.
Chicago Fire Department spokesperson Sgt. Brian Wessels said the building was in “active, critical condition.”
He did not immediately provide details on the cause of the fire.
Wessels also told NBC News that the fire caused smoke to rise over the building, which is located just steps away from the White House.
“The smoke was so thick, it was so dangerous, that we were evacuating everyone out of the building,” he said.
The fire destroyed three floors of the three-story building, according to Chicago Fire department spokeswoman Jessica Perez.
The building is also on the West Side Highway near the North Shore Expressway, which has been closed since February.
Perez said the cause is under investigation.
She added that it was not immediately clear how long the building would be vacant.
In January, the Chicago Tribune reported that KPMg had become a victim of the “Chicago Fire Disaster.”
The Chicago Fire Commission was set to begin a criminal investigation into the fire that killed five firefighters, including one who was also a former KPM-G employee.
A KPM G spokeswoman told NBC Chicago that it is cooperating fully with authorities and that the company will be providing “all available assistance.”
The Chicago Tribune report came as the city continued to deal with the fire crisis, which left more than 40 people dead and more than 700 people injured.
The Chicago Department of Transportation has also been forced to reopen parts of the city due to the blaze.