2 Firefighters Hurt in South Chicago

3 nearby homes also damaged by smoke, heat

Sunday, Jan 22, 2012  |  Updated 10:17 AM CDT
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Two firefighters suffered minor injuries while putting a stop to a fire in South Chicago, that damaged four homes.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries while putting a stop to a fire in South Chicago, that damaged four homes.

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Two firefighters were hurt early Sunday while taking on a two-alarm fire that left four people without  a place to sleep in the South Chicago neighborhood.  

Firefighters responded at 11:45 p.m. Saturday to a working fire at 7925 S. Colfax Ave., according to Fire Media Affairs spokesman Sean Flynn.  People inside the home had to be rescued, but Flynn did not say how many.

The fire was escalated to a still and box alarm and an EMS Plan 1, which sends at least five ambulances to the scene, Flynn said.

There was heavy fire in the attic of the single-family home, Flynn said. Two firefighters went missing briefly and a mayday alarm, indicating firefighters were unaccounted for, was called, and then quickly called off.  But firefighters did escalate the blaze to a 2-11 alarm.

One firefighter suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation and was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, Flynn said. The second firefighter slipped on ice and hurt his knee and was taken to South Shore Hospital.

No one else was injured, but four people were displaced from three nearby homes that suffered smoke and heat damage, Flynn said.

A 2-11 alarm sends at least eight engines, four trucks, two tower ladders, five battalion chiefs, a district chief, a deputy district chief, a squad company, an ambulance and the command van to the scene.

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