Police: 6 Hurt in Fire Started by Woman Arguing with Boyfriend

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013  |  Updated 11:43 AM CDT
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Police Say Woman Started Fire After Arguing With Boyfriend

The blaze broke out just after 10 p.m. in the 7100 block of South Jeffery and sent dozens of residents running out of the four-story apartment building, many rescued by responding firefighters.

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A fire that left six people, including a child, injured in the South Shore neighborhood Wednesday night was started by a woman after an argument with her boyfriend, police said.

“The fire will be investigated as suspicious based on witness statements and evidence,” fire officials said in a statement.

The blaze, which broke out just after 10 p.m. in the 7100 block of South Jeffery Boulevard, sent dozens of residents running out of the four-story apartment building, some needing rescue from responding firefighters. Nearly 80 firefighters and paramedics were on scene as the apartment building went up in flames, taking firefighters over an hour to put out, fire officials said.

Six people were taken to area hospitals, all of which were in good or fair condition, officials said.

Fire officials said the fire started on the top floor apartment and later spread into the hallway of the apartment building. It appeared the fire started after a woman set a couch on fire following a dispute with her boyfriend, according to police.

A 27-year-old woman was taken into custody in connection with the fire Thursday morning. Charges are pending, according to Chicago Police News Affairs.
 

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