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Sound the alarm: Chicago Fire has officially been renewed!

The last season of the Illinois-based series delivered a number of devastating blows to the members of the Firehouse 51 team (and fans were not always happy). The crew dealt with everything from the death of Benny Severide to Casey and Naomi’s breakup-and there were plenty of scary fires in between.

The finale of the NBC show’s seventh run has not yet aired, but we already have some ideas about what’s coming after that. Here’s everything you need to know about season 8 of Chicago Fire.

When will “Chicago Fire” be on TV?

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No official announcement has been made regarding the timeslot for Chicago Fire‘s upcoming season. However, after the drama’s stellar ratings on Wednesday nights, it’s safe to assume it will hold onto that 9 p.m. spot.

“The ‘Chicago’ franchise is a lynchpin of our schedule and we’re thrilled that audiences have embraced our Wednesdays with such incredible passion for these shows and characters,” Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, co-presidents of scripted programming at NBC Entertainment, said in a statement.

Which “Chicago Fire” cast members will return?

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The list of new and returning actors for season 8 of Chicago Fire has not been released yet, but a clip of the cast thanking fans for their support hints that at least three favorite characters will likely be back.

In the video above, actor Joe Minuso-who plays Joe Cruz on the show-is shown with David Eigenberg (Lieutenant Christopher Herrmann) and Kara Killmer (Sylvie Brett).

“We couldn’t be prouder to still be here,” Joe says, as Kara cheers in the background. “We love you so very much. See you next year.”

Where will “Chicago Fire” be filmed?

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Much like Blue Bloods, another crime drama that is filmed on-location in Brooklyn, New York, Chicago Fire has always been filmed where it’s meant to take place, in the heart of Illinois. In fact, the cast plays their parts based off of training they’ve done with the real Chicago Fire Department. Given show’s level of dedication to a realistic portrayal of scenes, it’s likely that the series continues to shoot episodes in Chicago.

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