125 Firefighters Respond to Lake Shore Drive Apartment Fire

No injuries to residents, but one paramedic was hospitalized with asthma issues

Friday, Feb 7, 2014  |  Updated 6:36 AM CDT
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125 Firefighters Respond to Lake Shore Drive Fire

No injuries were reported, but crews remained at the building to check on residents even after the fire was out at about 11:30 p.m.

Roughly 125 firefighters responded to a high-rise apartment building fire in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood late Thursday night.

Crews were called to the building on the 3200 block of North Lake Shore Drive shortly after 10:30 p.m. and found the fire mostly contained to the basement. Power to the building was cut as smoke rose through elevator shafts and stairwells to the upper floors of the building.

Only residents near the fire were evacuated, a fire official said. Two Chicago Transit Authority buses -- one which appeared to hold about a dozen people -- were brought in to keep displaced residents warm.

Fire officials advised other residents to stay inside their apartment units and to keep doors closed.

No injuries were reported, but crews remained at the building to check on residents even after the fire was out at about 11:30 p.m.

One paramedic who experienced asthma issues was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and ultimately listed in good condition, fire department spokesman Larry Langford said.

The American Red Cross was called in to help residents who needed assistance.

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