7 Firefighters Hurt After Extra-Alarm Fire Leads to Mayday Call in Bridgeport

Firefighters battle a blaze in Bridgeport
George Mycyk

An extra-alarm fire in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood seven firefighters hurt Friday morning and prompted officials to issue a mayday call as they worked to put out the flames.

The fire department issued the call just after 7:30 a.m. while battling a blaze at a home near 27th and Lowe, officials said. Smoke could be seen billowing from the home with flames shooting from the top.

According to Chicago Fire Department Chief Steven Clay, the fire broke out at 6:50 a.m. from a two-story frame house and a flashover occurred, where all content inside a structure catches fire.

The department later said "all members are accounted for," but they were still working to put the fire out nearly an hour later. Clay said the fire department received no reports of anyone inside the home.

Seven firefighters were transported from the scene to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, the fire department said. Clay said the firefighters are "doing fine now" and suffered minor burns.

In an update from fire officials, firefighters' injuries included "lesser degree burns, a laceration and a slight orthopedic injury."

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.

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