Hazardous Materials Alert Issued in Four-Alarm Fire

Firefighters were pumping water from Calumet River to fight fire

Thursday, Dec 20, 2012  |  Updated 9:39 PM CDT
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Hazardous Materials Alert Issued in Four-Alarm Fire

George Mycyk

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One firefighter was injured and a low-level hazardous materials alert was issued Thursday evening by firefighters battling a four-alarm fire at a south side warehouse.

The building, at 11600 S. Burley Ave., was believed to hold a large amount of recyclables, including plastics and electronics materials, fire officials said.

The estimated 1,200-foot by 200-foot warehouse is owned by the South Shore Recycling Company and sits near the Calumet River in the South Deering neighborhood, according to Chicago Fire Media.

Crews had the fire out by 9 p.m., but fighting the blaze took roughly three hours because authorities had difficulty tapping into a steady stream of water. A fire department boat was used to pump water from the river.

Additionally, an advancing storm passing through the region, which brought snow, gusty winds and sleet -- hampered efforts.

The injured firefighter was removed from the operation and transported to St. Margaret Hospital in Hammond, Ind. The extent of the firefighter's injuries was unknown as of 9:30 p.m.

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