1 Dead, Firefighter Injured at Blaze

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    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL - JANUARY 31: A firetruck departs its firehouse enroute to a call January 31, 2005 in Arlington Heights, Illinois. According to an analysis by The Boston Globe, firefighters are showing an alarming drop in response times to calls and barely over a third of calls nationwide are meeting national standards for response time. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

    One person died and several people were injured, including one fireman, during a blaze in a Rogers Park apartment complex this afternoon, according to officials.

    The blaze forced at least one resident to jump from a window, according to reports from the scene.

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    One person died and several people were injured, including one fireman, during a blaze in a Rogers Park apartment complex Thursday afternoon. (Published Thursday, Jan 14, 2010)

    The fire is being investigated as suspicious because it began in a common hallway and spread quickly, according to the Chicago Tribune.

    The fire began at about 12:15 p.m. in a five-story building at 6720 N. Sheridan Rd.

    Firefighters could be seen setting up ladders at the building. By 12:55 p.m. the fire appeared to be out, and several units on the top floor were smoldering.

    Firefighters were seen on the roof of the building tending to several blackened holes in the structure.

    The American Red Cross was on its way to the scene to provide assistance.