Firefighters Rescue Residents From Northwest Side Blaze

Fire started around 12:30 a.m. in a first-floor apartment, fire officials said

By Michelle Relerford
|  Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013  |  Updated 6:41 AM CDT
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Firefighters Rescue Residents From Northwest Side Blaze

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Chicago firefighters early Wednesday made dramatic rescues from a burning apartment building on the city's Northwest Side. 

When fire officials arrived to the three-story building on the 3000 block of North Harlem, they said they could see people inside calling for help.

"The people up on the second floor were hanging out the windows yelling that a lot of smoke was filling their apartment and how are they going to get out," Battalion Chief David Dietz said. "We tried to cover them up the best we could and let them down through the stairwells to get them out."

The fire broke out around 12:30 a.m. in a first-floor apartment of the six-unit building. About six or seven people were trapped inside and had to be rescued.

None of the rescued residents were taken to the hospital but some were treated by paramedics at the scene.

A firefighter was also treated with minor injuries after he fell and hit his head while battling the blaze.

Some residents said by the time the building's smoke detectors went off, it was too late to escape on their own. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
 

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