CHICAGO (WBBM Newsradio) — Chicago firefighters rescued a woman during a fast-spreading extra-alarm fire Monday night in the Grand Crossing neighborhood.
Approximately 100 firefighters were part of the effort to put out the two-alarm fire at a building with a Black Hebrew temple on the first floor and apartments on the second floor near 71st and South Chicago Avenue.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Winter Weather Advisories In Effect; Snow Arrives For Monday Morning Commute
When crews first arrived shortly before 9 p.m., they were told a handicapped person was trapped in one of the apartments upstairs.
“We had fire on the first floor. So the engine company let out a hose line to knock down that fire as quickly as they could. At the same time, that provided the truck company enough time to race up the stairs, and find the individual, and were able to remove her quickly,” Fire Department District Chief Dan Cunningham said.READ MORE: Melissa Ortega, 8-Year-Old Girl Killed In Little Village Shooting, Had Just Emigrated From Mexico
Paramedics treated that woman at the scene.
Cunningham said the incident commander cleared firefighters off the roof and from inside the building early on, for fear of collapse. The roof later caved in, but no other injuries were reported.
The chief said firefighters who carried out the rescue are as good as you’ll find anywhere, not just in Chicago.MORE NEWS: Illinois State Departments, Driver Service Facilities Reopen Monday Weeks After COVID Surge
The Red Cross was providing assistance to two displaced families.