Updated 01/11/16 – 10:15 a.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Eight firefighters were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, after battling an extra-alarm blaze at an apartment building in the Rogers Park neighborhood Monday morning.READ MORE: Third Man Claims He Was Sexually Abused By Fr. Michael Pfleger Over 40 Years Ago
Firefighters were called to a four-story apartment building in the 1700 block of West Estes Avenue shortly before 6 a.m. Within a few minutes, the fire was upgraded to a 2-11 alarm, bringing about 200 firefighters and 70 pieces of equipment to the scene.
Crews evacuated the building and a neighboring building as a precaution.
Flames were shooting through the roof, and firefighters were seen battling flames from the roof at one point.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Illinois: Full List Of Mass Vaccination Sites With More To Open Thursday; 2,104 New Coronavirus Cases, 44 More Deaths
Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago said when the first crews arrived and began heading up the stairs, a stairway collapsed as crews were climbing up to the third floor, trapping one firefighter who was quickly rescued.
That firefighter suffered a minor shoulder injury, and was taken to Presence St. Francis Hospital in Evanston.