Mother, Child Rescued from Little Village Blaze

Three firefighters also hurt

Sunday, Jan 2, 2011  |  Updated 2:03 PM CDT
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Survivor Sonia Serrano describes the <a title=New Year's Day fire that destroyed the Little Village walk-up where she lived." />

Survivor Sonia Serrano describes the New Year's Day fire that destroyed the Little Village walk-up where she lived.

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A mother and child were rescued from a fire in the Southwest Side Little Village neighborhood that also sent three Chicago firefighters to area hospitals Saturday morning.

The fire was reported in a two-story building at 4315 W. 25th Pl. about 10:20 a.m., Fire Media Affairs Chief Joe Roccasalva said. The fire was quickly elevated to a 2-11 alarm and an EMS Plan 1 was later called, sending more trucks and ambulances to the scene.

Firefighters arrived to find fire throughout the building.  Survivor Sonia Serrano tells NBC Chicago that a mother and child who lived in the top floor couldn't escape, and were sitting on an overhang outside a window.  Firefighters used a ladder to rescue them both.

The woman and child were taken to an area hospital for smoke inhalation.

Video from the scene shows fire raging through the windows while firefighters work -- sometimes inches from the flames.  Fire spread to a neighboring home, but crews were able to quickly get it out.

A firefighter was injured while fighting the blaze and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition, Roccasalva said.

Two other firefighters were also hospitalized for injuries they suffered, according to unconfirmed fire dispatch reports.

The fire was secured around 12:30 p.m. The Red Cross is assisting the people who lost their homes.

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