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Where Did Severide Go on Chicago Fire?

The character is off sharpening his arson investigation skills—but he's missed by all of 51. 

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Chicago Fire Season 11, Episode 14 ends on a mysterious note. Severide (Taylor Kinney) enters Molly's, sits at the bar, and a concerned-looking Stella (Miranda Rae Mayo) comes up to him. 

"Hey, I got your message about Van Meter (Tim Hopper)," she says. "What's going on?" 

To this, Severide silently hands over his phone to Stella so she can read a message. "Wow," she says. "What are you gonna do?" 

The credits start rolling before Severide can speak—but in Season 11, Episode 15 (which aired March 1), we get some answers. Read on. 

Where did Severide go on Chicago Fire?

Severide is absent in Chicago Fire Season 11, Episode 15, and the reason has to do with one of his career passions: arson investigation. Remember that text from Van Meter in Episode 14? Well, if you forget, he's the CFD's Office of Fire Investigation captain—and that message to Severide was actually an invitation. 

Van Meter stops by Boden's (Eamonn Walker) office to give details. 

"I just wanted to explain in person," Van Meter tells Boden. 

"What? Why you took my squad lieutenant out of commission on a day's notice?" Boden responds, clearly frustrated. 

"Well, to be fair, Severide could've said no," Van Meter says. "But this is the best arson investigation training program in the world, Wallace. Hands down. A last-minute opening like this? It's the opportunity of a lifetime for Severide. After seeing him hunt down that E.V. charger, I couldn't think of a better man to recommend for the spot. I hope you can understand."

"Oh, I understand what's in it for you," Boden replies. 

"It doesn't mean [Severide's] planning to transfer to OFI," Van Meter says. "I know it'll be a burden on this house for a while. But the expertise Severide will bring back here to 51 will benefit the whole department." 

"You know that's the only reason why I'm going along with this," Boden says. 

There you have it, folks. Severide's off sharpening his fire investigation skills. And while he's missed by 51, Van Meter is right: This was an opportunity Severide just couldn't pass up. 

To find out what happens next, watch Chicago Fire on NBC Wednesdays at 9/8c. Episodes stream the next day on Peacock.  

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