Firefighters near Chicago are battling a blaze at the Empress Casino.

A fire department official says the fire that was reported at about 10 a.m. is burning in a part of the casino that's under construction.

Lily Nunez says there are no reports of injuries but she didn't have any more details.

There are media reports of evacuations, but Nunez says she hasn't been told that.

A call to the casino went unanswered Friday.

Television footage shows thick black smoke pouring from the casino.