Wheelchair-Bound Woman Rescued From Fire

By Susan Rivera
|  Monday, Nov 15, 2010  |  Updated 6:45 PM CDT
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Wheelchair-Bound Woman Rescued From Fire

Will Johnson said he and a friend were driving to work at around 8:40 Monday morning when they saw smoke coming out of a building on the 3400 block of West Harrison Street.

Two men on their way to work became heroes after stopping to help another good Samaritan pull three women, including one in a wheelchair, out of a burning building.

Will Johnson said he and a friend were driving to work at around 8:40 a.m. Monday when they saw smoke coming out of a building on the 3400 block of West Harrison Street.

"I saw one guy trying to carry a lady out and he couldn’t carry her out. So me and my guy kicked in all the doors and grabbed three women," said Johnson.

Firefighters said the fire started in the basement and was contained there, but smoke filled the entire building with smoke.

The woman in the wheelchair was pulled out of the second floor before firefighters arrived. She was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in serious condition for smoke inhalation, reported the Chicago Tribune.

"You don’t want to see anyone hurt, you don’t ever want to see that," said Johnson when asked why he ran into the building.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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