CHICAGO (STMW) — Fifteen people – including six Chicago firefighters and a Chicago police officer – were injured during an extra-alarm fire in Edgewater.

WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty reports most of those hospitalized suffered minor injuries from heat exhaustion.

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The Chicago Fire Department credited neighbors and others with helping crews put out the fire and rescue residents from the burning apartment building at 6134 N. Kenmore Ave.

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The fire started around 11 a.m., and firefighters eventually called a 3-11 alarm, sending 12 fire engines, four fire trucks, and two tower ladder trucks to the scene. The fire was out shortly before noon.

Before firefighters had a chance to respond to the fire, neighbors, like Ernest and his friend Ariel, were helping rescue people inside.

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They said they heard cries for help, and saw a man on the second floor holding his baby out the window, so they climbed onto a stone awning on the first floor to help get the family out.

Firefighters rescued 14 people using ladders, and the same amount walking down stairwells of the five-story brick building.

Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago said residents even helped pull heavy water hoses.

“We’re kind of spread out in that initial assault. Anyone that can help is a great deal, and for someone to take it upon themselves to help the firefighters, is awesome,” Santiago said.

The injured were taken to at least three different hospitals — Weiss Memorial Hospital, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, and St. Francis Hospital in Evanston.

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Their specific conditions were not immediately available, but fire officials said all victims’ conditions had stabilized.