Chicago (IL) Firefighters Critically Injured in House Fire

Two firefighters were critically injured and a third was hurt during ventilation operations in the attic of a burning home in a Chicago (IL) neighborhood. Another firefighter also sustained an unspecified injury.

Chicago Fire Commissioner Robert Hoff told the Chicago Tribune that the fire “lit up,” suggesting a flashover occurred, according to some fire media. The firefighters became trapped while venting the attic in a 1 1/2-story frame house in West Englewood and issued a Mayday. Two of the injured firefighters were quickly rescued but sustained burns to their hands and faces; one suffered burns to his respiratory system.

The firefighters were transported in serious-to-critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn but were expected to be transferred to the burn unit at Loyola University Hospita, Hoff said. A third firefighter was taken in fair condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, according to the news report.

The firefighters’ names were not being released until their families were notified.