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Officers Rescue Wheelchair Bound Woman From Fire

Fire displaces 10 people



    Fire in South Shore neighborhood displaces 10 people (Published Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010)

    A pair of Chicago Police officers Wednesday rescued an elderly woman in a wheelchair from a burning building and helped alert an entire South Shore building that they were in danger.

    "If it hadn't been for the police department, I don't know where we'd be right now," said Julius Riley, a resident of the building who escaped unharmed. "Thank you very much. Thank you and God Bless,"

    The fire broke out about 1 a.m., in the 7200 block of S. Stony Island. Chicago Police officers in the area spotted smoke coming from the roof of the 2 1/2 story townhouse. Witnesses say the officers kicked in the door of the building and ran inside where they found an elderly woman in a wheelchair.

    The fire displaced 10 people, seven adults and three children.

    "Fortunately everybody was saved, nobody was injured and the fire department got here quick," said Kristopher Krizka, a Chicago Police Officer involved in rescue.

    The other officer, Christopher Davis, said it was a fulfilling moment. 

    "That's why I have this job," Davis said. "To help people and save lives."

    The cause of the fire remains under investigation