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Firefighter Hurt In At Blaze In Gresham

Silhouette Of Firefighter. File Photo. (Nate Azark/WBBM)

Silhouette Of Firefighter. File Photo. (Nate Azark/WBBM)

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CHICAGO (WBBM) – A firefighter was injured Thursday afternoon at a fire in an abandoned auto body shop in the Gresham neighborhood.

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Richard Rosado said the fire started about 1:50 p.m. at 8943 S. Ashland Av.

Initially, firefighters were inside the one-story building, but they were pulled out and fought the fire from the outside only because of the truss roof.

“There was heavy fire up in the timbers of the truss roof,” says Rosado. “A truss roof building is very dangerous for firemen; they have a tendency to collapse.”

Rosado said one firefighter was hurt during the blaze and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in good condition.