Firefighter Seriously Hurt in Gresham Blaze

Sunday, Jan 3, 2010  |  Updated 11:15 AM CDT
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Firefighter Seriously Hurt in Gresham Blaze

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A firefighter was seriously injured battling a Sunday morning house fire in the South Side’s Gresham neighborhood.

The fire started about 9:15 a.m. in the basement of a house in the 8400 block of South Carpenter Street and was elevated to a still-and-box alarm, Fire Media Affairs Cmdr. Will Knight said.

The fire moved up through the house, went through the roof and caused “very significant damage” before being controlled at roughly 10:35 a.m., Knight said. Despite the cold temperatures and strong winds, firefighters did not experience trouble with freezing hydrants.

A firefighter was injured battling the blaze and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in serious condition, Knight said. Details of how the firefighter was injured were not immediately available.

The house’s residents were outside before firefighters arrived, and nobody else was injured, he said.  However, the home is no longer habitable.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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