One person was hospitalized and at least 18 others -- including three children -- were displaced from their homes after a late Wednesday night fire at an apartment complex in Bridgeview, southwest of Chicago.
Emergency crews were called just before midnight about a fire on the first floor of an apartment building on the 9000 block of South Harlem Avenue, Bridgeview Fire Department Battalion Chief Dave Lis told reporters at the scene.
Firefighters rescued one family that was trapped in the unit. Only a few people had time to grab coats during their escape.
"Our biggest concern was getting these people that were displaced from the building right now -- we've got them across the street in a local business just to get warm for the evening until we can get them put up in a local hotel," Lis said.
Crews had the fire out by 12:30, he said.
One woman was taken to an area hospital for smoke inhalation. Lis said she was in stable condition.
The Greater Chicago Red Cross was assisting 15 adults and three children displaced by the fire, according to the organization’s Twitter feed.
The cause of the fire was not known as of 5 a.m.