CHICAGO (CBS) – Seven Chicago firefighters were injured while responding Saturday afternoon to a fire in the city’s Roseland neighborhood.
Officials said the fire broke out near 112th Street and Princeton Avenue at about 3:15 p.m. local time.
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The Chicago Fire Department issued a tweet stating, “CFD had a MAYDAY response at 112th and Princeton. Shipping is available. Will update here as soon as possible. ”
The CFD later provided an update stating that seven firefighters were transported to local hospitals, but no one suffered life-threatening injuries.
It took 100 firefighters to put out the fire. While the injured are expected to recover, the woman who lives in the house said she has lost everything.
Tamorra Watts said she was at home for the rest of the day and missed the fire for several minutes. She comes home in a nightmare.
“I looked up and saw my house and the smoke getting bigger and bigger,” she said.
She was at her brother’s house down the street when the house she had lived in for five years caught fire.
“It’s scary because I’m usually indoors,” she said.
A neighbor across the street said they heard a loud bang and saw more than 100 firefighters battle the blaze.
Watts said she is lucky to have family living on her property to support her through this terrible time.
Fire Commissioner Annette Nance-Holt said three people were inside the building and four were on the porch when an electrical discharge occurred. Three people inside the building were able to get out, and four people on the porch were blown off the porch, she said.
Nance-Holt says most injuries are minor burns or orthopedic injuries, such as shoulder injuries. Six of the injured firefighters are expected to be released from the hospital Saturday night, but one is believed to be able to be transferred from Advocate Christ Medical Center to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment. room.
The fire was extinguished in less than 15 minutes. CFD said it was still investigating the cause of the fire.
Fire Commissioner Annette Nance-Holt said there were no smoke detectors in the building.
According to a tweet from CFD, all seven firefighters have been treated and released and are doing well.
Update / All firefighters injured on the day were fortunately treated and released from LCM Christ and Loyola hospitals. All is good. 7
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