Twenty-two people were displaced from their homes when an extra-alarm blaze damaged two apartment buildings in west suburban Maywood Friday night.
Firefighters were first called to the fire in the 1000 block of South 11th Avenue about 10 p.m. and battled the flames for more than two hours, Maywood Fire Dept. Lt. David Krefft said. Two extra alarms were called as crews responded.
Two adjacent three-story apartment buildings were left uninhabitable after the fire, Krefft said. One building was heavily damaged, while the apartment just north of it was only minimally involved.
Red Cross officials and family members are taking care of the fifteen adults and seven children left homeless because of the fire, Krefft said.
Two people were hospitalized, officials said, including a resident who suffered smoke inhalation and a bystander who suffered a fractured foot after kicking down a door to help people get out.
The cause of the blaze is still under investigation Saturday morning.