2 Officers Injured in Fire on Chicago's South Side: CPD

Two officers were injured in a two-alarm blaze at an apartment building on the city's South Side early Thursday, according to Chicago police.

The fire began around 5:12 a.m. at a building in the 600 block of East 79th Street in the city's Chatham neighborhood, according to Chicago police. 

Two Chicago police officers were injured and taken to area hospitals, CPD said, though details on their injuries, including the nature and severity, were not immediately available.

The fire broke out in a three-story apartment building with businesses on the ground floor. It was upgraded to a two-alarm fire around 6 a.m., fire officials said. 

The blaze was struck out around 6:45 a.m., Chicago fire officials tweeted, adding that one officer was taken to the hospital for minor smoke issues, and an adult building occupant was taken to an area hospital for smoke inhalation. 

The building was evacuated and residents displaced, waiting in a warming bus that was brought to the scene.

79th Street was shut down between South Champlain Avenue on the west and South Evans Avenue to the east. CTA buses were being rerouted as a result of the closure, the transit agency said.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

Contact Us