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Burglars Attack Man, Set Back of the Yards House on Fire

The duo struck his face with a handgun, police said

Two masked individuals broke into a residence and set the house in flames late Saturday in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side.

At 11:45 p.m., two males with “partially covered” faces entered a residence in the 5400 block of South Damen Avenue, according to Chicago police. Inside, a 33-year-old man was asleep, while a 56-year-old man and 29-year-old woman were upstairs.

The duo struck his face with a handgun, police said. They then stole property before dousing the whole place in gasoline and setting it ablaze.

The 56-year-old man was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center, where his condition was stabilized, police said.

Officers initially believed the man was stabbed, police said. Hospital staff later determined he sustained a laceration wound in the abdomen due to broken glass.

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The three suspects ran away in an unknown direction, police said. The woman and younger man escaped without injuries — as well as a 6-year-old girl who was in the home but did not see the stabbing or arson, according to a source from Chicago police.

No one was in custody early Sunday as Area Central detectives investigated.

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