South St. Louis (KSDK) - A smoky fire in a south St. Louis building forced the evacuations of several people living in a neighboring apartment structure as a precaution.

Firefighters responded to the fire scene in the 3100 block of Chippewa near Michigan around 1:30 this morning and found thick smoke coming the structure.

The building was reportedly vacant when the fire broke out, and a specific cause has not been identified.

Because of the proximity of the building next door, and the fact it was occupied, emergency personnel instructed residents there to get out of the building.

Al of those residents were allowed to return to their homes a short time later. No injuries reported in the incident.

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