Five Injured in North Side Fire

Five people hospitalized after smokey fire near Ashland and Clybourn

By Anthony Ponce
|  Friday, Feb 3, 2012  |  Updated 11:08 PM CDT
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Five Injured in North Side Fire

Officials said the fire was contained to a kitchen in an apartment on the second floor of the building at 2303 N. Clybourn Ave.

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A 3-year-old child was among five people hospitalized Friday night after a smokey fire on Chicago's north side.

Five ambulances responded to the building, at 2303 N. Clybourn Ave., at about 8:40 p.m., a fire department spokesperson said. The bulding is known as the Fullerton Court Apartments.

"I was just sitting down, watching TV and the fire people, they just came knocking on my door telling me we had to evacuate, there was a fire in the building and somebody got caught inside," said fourth-floor resident Hezekiah Harper-Bey.

Four adults were taken to area hospitals in fair to serious condition, while a 3-year-old was taken to Children’s Memorial Hospital in critical condition, according to a fire department spokesperson.

The child recovered quickly at the hospital, officials said, and was "alert and talking," according to a Tweet from the fire department.

Three of the adults lived in the building. The fourth adult is a Chicago police officer who responded to the fire.

Officials said the fire was contained to a kitchen in an apartment on the building's second floor. No smoke detectors were found on any other floors.

The fire was put out at about 9:15 p.m., officials said.

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