Two firefighters were trapped in an extra-alarm fire at a residential building in the Bridgeport neighborhood that displaced at least 10 people Sunday afternoon, but the firefighters escaped with minor injuries, reports The Chicago Tribune.
Fire crews were called to the 2900 block of South Lyman Street about 2:30 p.m., according to Police News Affairs. The fire was raied to a 3-11 alarm about 3:30 p.m. and an emergency medical services plan 1, which sends six ambulances to the scene after the firefighters were trapped.
WGN-TV video from the scene showed firefighters on stretchers, being removed to ambulances but apparently awake and alert. WGN-TV was told that the two were taken to hospitals for observation.
Firefighters who were inside trying to put out the fire were ordered to leave the building when fire began spreading up the interiors of the building’s walls, Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago told reporters at the scene.
“As soon as the firefighter officer spotted that, they start to … do a quick, organized removal, but the fire was moving too fast, and that’s how they got trapped,” Santiago said.
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