Officers Rescue Wheelchair Bound Woman From Fire

Fire displaces 10 people

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    Fire in South Shore neighborhood displaces 10 people

    A pair of Chicago Police officers Wednesday rescued an elderly woman in a wheelchair from a burning building and helped alert an entire South Shore building that they were in danger.

    "If it hadn't been for the police department, I don't know where we'd be right now," said Julius Riley, a resident of the building who escaped unharmed. "Thank you very much. Thank you and God Bless,"

    The fire broke out about 1 a.m., in the 7200 block of S. Stony Island. Chicago Police officers in the area spotted smoke coming from the roof of the 2 1/2 story townhouse. Witnesses say the officers kicked in the door of the building and ran inside where they found an elderly woman in a wheelchair.

    Witnesses describe South Shore fire

    [CHI] Witnesses describe South Shore fire
    Witnesses describe South Shore fire

    The fire displaced 10 people, seven adults and three children.

    "Fortunately everybody was saved, nobody was injured and the fire department got here quick," said Kristopher Krizka, a Chicago Police Officer involved in rescue.

    The other officer, Christopher Davis, said it was a fulfilling moment. 

    "That's why I have this job," Davis said. "To help people and save lives."

    The cause of the fire remains under investigation