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Man Critically Injured In West Side Fire

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A worker was critically injured in an explosion and fire, while doing rehab work at a strip mall in the 1800 block of South Kostner Avenue on Sept. 1, 2012. (Credit: Chicago Fire Department)

A worker was critically injured in an explosion and fire, while doing rehab work at a strip mall in the 1800 block of South Kostner Avenue on Sept. 1, 2012. (Credit: Chicago Fire Department)

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CHICAGO (STMW) – A blaze at a strip mall in the West Side Lawndale neighborhood left one person critically injured Saturday evening, according to a spokesman for the Chicago Fire Department.

Firefighters believe some sort of explosion caused a fire to erupt in the 1800 block of South Kostner Avenue, Fire Media Affairs said about 6:20 p.m., adding that the cause of the fire remained under investigation.

The blaze caused a store front to collapse, Fire Media Affairs said.

A man believed to be 25-years-old was burned and listed in critical condition at Mount Sinai Hospital, Fire Media Affairs said.

Further details were not immediately available.

(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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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