Homes Evacuated After Fire On South Side

CHICAGO (CBS) — Residents in several homes were evacuated and two people were hospitalized after a two-alarm blaze ignited in a vacant South Side home Monday morning.

One resident was hospitalized with respiratory problems, while a firefighter was being treated for a knee injury, according to Fire Media Affairs.

Firefighters were called to scene of the blaze in the 8800 block of South Escanaba Avenue about 4:19 a.m. The response to the fire was elevated to a 2-11 alarm shortly after.

Chopper2’s Kris Habermehl reports that firefighters had the fire under control as of 6:45 a.m. Three homes were destroyed.

Flames spread from the vacant home to two other nearby residences, which were evacuated, according to Fire Media Affairs.

Several other homes in the area were evacuated as a precaution.

One person was transported to Advocate Trinity Hospital suffering asthma complications, fire officials said.

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