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11 Injured in North Side Apartment Fire

The extra-alarm blaze has been ruled accidental, fire officials say



    11 people were injured in an apartment fire on the North Side. (Published Monday, March 14, 2011)

    Residents of a North Side apartment building jumped from windows and climbed down pipes to escape an extra-alarm blaze that started in the four-story building Monday morning.

    At least 11 people were injured in the fire, seven of them seriously, according to fire officials.

    The fire started at about 10 a.m. on the third floor of 6244 N. Winthrop Ave. and has been ruled accidental, Assistant Deputy Fire Commissioner John McNicholas said.

    Residents of the 48-unit building cannot return to the building, which houses some Loyola University students, because of smoke or water damage on every floor.

    Those injured have been transported to area hospitals with smoke inhalation and other injuries.