Woman Critical After Schaumburg Apartment Fire

Fire was contained to one unit; cause unknown

A Schaumburg woman was in critical condition Saturday after an early-morning fire at her apartment complex.

The woman suffered second-degree burns on her chest and was taken to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, said Schaumburg Fire Dept. Capt. John Steele. Her injuries don't appear to be life-threatening.

A firefighter also injured his shoulder, Steele said, but didn't require hospitalization.

Crews were called to the 7-story building, at 1234 Valley Lake Drive, shortly before 6 a.m. Multiple fire departments responded, a firefighter said.

The fire apparently began in the bedroom of a 4th floor unit of the complex, Steele said.

Some residents "were escorted from the building," Steele said, but said that none of them were "in serious danger."

The fire was confined to that one 4th floor unit, Steele said. No other units were damaged but there was smoke damage to the hallway and some windows had to broken for ventilation.

Some units of the apartment complex are uninhabitable and the Schaumburg Building Department, along with the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago, were working with the displaced residents to get them some temporary shelter.

The fire is believed to have originated in the bedroom of the 4th floor unit, but the cause was still under investigation.

The fire was knocked out by about 7 a.m., said Schaumburg Police Sgt. John Nebl.

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