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1 Dead In Back Of The Yards Fire

Back Of The Yards Fire

One person is reported dead in a fire in Back of the Yards. (Credit: CBS)

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UPDATED 12/22/10 12:40 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) – One person is reported dead, and two others are in fair condition, after a fire broke out early Wednesday in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

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At 5:34 a.m. a still and box alarm and an EMS Plan 1, which automatically sends five ambulances to the scene, was called for a fire at a 2-1/2 story frame building at 5113 S. Aberdeen St., according to fire and police officials.

There was one person dead on the scene, Fire Media Cmdr. Will Knight said. Officials say he was a man in his 50s.

Two survivors were taken to University of Chicago in fair condition, according to Knight who said the EMS Plan 1 and the alarm were canceled at 6:23 a.m.

CBS 2′s Kris Habermehl reports some people were injured trying to escape the fire. The person who died might have jumped from the second floor.

Flames were seen shooting out of the second story of the 2-1/2 story house when the fire broke out, CBS 2′s Don Schwenneker reported.

After the fire, crews from the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago went to the scene and provided food and shelter for five people who had been displaced.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.