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Two Firefighters Injured In Extra-Alarm Fire In South Chicago

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CHICAGO (STMW) – Two firefighters were injured while battling a two-alarm fire and four people were displaced in the South Side South Chicago neighborhood early Sunday.

Firefighters responded at 11:45 p.m. to a working fire at 7925 S. Colfax Ave., according to Fire Media Affairs spokesman Sean Flynn. The home was fully engulfed in flames and people were pulled out of the residence due to unsafe conditions.

The fire was escalated to a still and box alarm and an EMS Plan 1, which sends at least five ambulances to the scene, was called, Flynn said.

There was heavy fire in the attic of the single-family home, Flynn said. “A couple” of firefighters went missing briefly and a mayday alarm, indicating firefighters were unaccounted for, was called and quickly called off. The fire was also escalated to a 2-11 alarm.

One firefighter suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation and was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, Flynn said. The second firefighter slipped on ice and hurt his knee and was taken to South Shore Hospital.

No one else was injured but four people were displaced from three nearby homes that suffered smoke and heat damage, Flynn said.

A 2-11 alarm sends at least eight engines, four trucks, two tower ladders, five battalion chiefs, a district chief, a deputy district chief, a squad company, an ambulance and the command van to the scene.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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