CHICAGO (STMW) – A firefighter was seriously injured battling a blaze late Friday in the Austin neighborhood.

The fire started about 11:45 p.m. at an abandoned 2 ½-story frame house at 519 N. Lawler Ave., Fire Media Affairs spokesman Quention Curtis said.

A firefighter was hit by debris and taken in serious condition to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County with non-life-threatening injuries, Curtis said.

Nobody else was injured.

The blaze, which was elevated to a still-and-box alarm, was extinguished about 12:10 p.m., Curtis said.

The cause of the blaze remained under investigation and the fire department remained on the scene early Saturday.

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