2 Injured In Abandoned Building Blaze on South Side

Woman jumped from window to escaped the fire, police said

By Lauren Petty
|  Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013  |  Updated 7:30 AM CDT
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2 Injured In Abandoned Building Blaze on South Side

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Two people were injured, one critically, in a fire in an abandoned building on Chicago's South Side, police said.

A woman jumped from the boarded-up burning home on the 4800 block of South Indiana Avenue and was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center with minor burns and injuries. A man had to be rescued from the fire and was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Officials said no one was supposed to be inside the building at 48th Street and Indiana Avenue, but neighbors said it's been a problem for years.

"The building that caught on fire is an abandoned building that no one should have been in," one woman said. "I know people have been going in that building for the past two or three years."

There's even a chain-link fence around the home that firefighters had to use a chainsaw to cut through to get access.

Neighbors said firefighters busted out one of the top windows to pull out the man who inhaled large amounts of black smoke.

It's not clear what started the fire.

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