Extra-Alarm Blaze in Morgan Park Displaces Residents

A Mayday call, for a firefighter in distress, was called at one point

By Emily Florez and Alexandra Clark
|  Saturday, Nov 24, 2012  |  Updated 8:25 PM CDT
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Firefighters continue to put out the flames of a 3-11 alarm fire in an apartment in Morgan Park neighborhood. Emily Florez reports for NBC News at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012.

Firefighters continue to put out the flames of a 3-11 alarm fire in an apartment in Morgan Park neighborhood. Emily Florez reports for NBC News at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012.

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About 68 people, including four children, were displaced Saturday after a fire swept through a 5-story condo building.

"What we’re looking at right now is a shell of a building," Chicago Deputy Fire Cmsr. of Operation John McNicholas said during a press conference held around 4:30 p.m. "It’s too dangerous for the firefighters to enter."

The blaze began at around 2:20 p.m. at 2030 West 111th Street, but quickly escalated to a 3-11 fire by 3 p.m. There were about 120 fire crews working to control the fire.

"As we continue to battle the fire, what we're up against is the collapse of the fifth floor into the fourth floor, into the third floor," said McNicolas.

Six ambulances were called to the fire. Four people were treated at the scene, but did not need to be transported to the hospital. No other injuries were reported, according to Chicago Fire Media.

"I thank god that I'm safe," said one resident. "All the stuff I can get back, but I can't get life back."

A Mayday call, for a firefighter in distress, was called at one point, but McNicolas said the firefighter it was called for was found uninjured.

"Just seeing all the trucks, I'm thankful all the firefighters were able to get everyone out of the building," said another resident with tears in her eyes.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, McNicolas said.

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