Firefighter Injured At Extra-Alarm Blaze In Lakeview

CHICAGO (WBBM) – A Chicago firefighter suffered a shoulder injury while fighting a 3-11 alarm fire that heavily damaged two apartment buildings in the north side Lakeview neighborhood.

Residents of the three-story, U-shaped brick apartment buildings at 841-49 and 851-59 W. Cornelia Av. were able to escape without injury.

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The fire began on a rear wooden stairway shared by the two buildings. Fire officials said the flames spread up the stairway, into the third floor apartments and from there to the space between the ceiling and roof, making the fire more difficult to extinguish.

The buildings lack any rear exit aside from the area near the stairway. As a result, firefighters had to go around the block if moved from front to back, instead of through the building, wearing them out more quickly and prompting a third alarm.

One resident of the building, named Ivanna, said she did not hear any fire alarm, only a commotion outside her second-floor window. When she looked outside and saw people running half-clothed with their belongings, she dressed, grabbed her wallet and ran outside.

The firefighter was treated for his injury at nearby Illinois Masonic Hospital.

Neither of the buildings was deemed habitable by authorities after the fire. The American Red Cross said it would provide temporary shelter for anyone left homeless by the fire.

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  • Pam

    I’m glad that no one was seriously injured. My son and his girlfriend’s apartment was right next to where the fire started and it appears they lost all material possessions but those can be replaced. Unfortunately, not Rufus, their beloved Wheaton Terrier found dead, curled on their bed, overcome by smoke inhalation. All media seems to ignore the four legged family members. Rest in peace Ruf, we love you!

    • Jeff

      I am sooo sorry to hear about the loss of their dog. I live two buildings down and have heard several residents lost their pets in that fire. As a dog owner my heart goes out to everyone who lost their pet and best friend.If anything good can come out of this its going to be the fact I am organizing a master list of all the pets in our building and giving it to every pet owner–so god forbide it happens to us at least all the pet owners will be able to alert fireman which apts have pets whose owners arent home at that time.

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