5 Hurt in Uptown High-Rise Fire

Sunday, Jun 6, 2010  |  Updated 6:45 PM CDT
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5 Hurt in Uptown High-Rise Fire

Five people were taken to hospitals, most for smoke inhalation.

Five people suffered smoke inhalation injuries after a fire started in a fifth-floor apartment of an Uptown high-rise building Sunday afternoon.

Emergency crews responded to 1020 W. Lawrence Ave. around 12:50 p.m., and had the fire under control by 1:13 p.m., Fire Media Affairs spokesman Quention Curtis said.

The high-rise, a 14-story residential building housing approximately 372 apartments, was not evacuated during the response and sustained minor smoke damage, Curtis said.

The Lawrence House is located at that address, according to a Web listing.

Five people suffered smoke inhalation injuries. Two were taken to Weiss Memorial Hospital, two others to Saint Joseph Hospital and another person to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center -- all in fair-to-serious condition, Curtis said.

Police were called to the scene around 12:15 p.m., and the fire was contained to the fifth floor apartment, police News Affairs Officer Robert Perez said.

Because the fire was in a high-rise building, an EMS plan I was automatically called, sending five ambulances to the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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