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Firefighter Injured After Falling 2 Stories at Scene

Firefighter Injured After Falling 2 Stories at Scene

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Chicago Tribune via YellowBrix

March 25, 2010

CHICAGO – A firefighter was injured this morning in a fall from the roof of a vacant house on Chicago’s South Side.

The firefighter lost his footing while trying to extinguish a fire in the attic of the 2½-story frame house in the 6800 block of South Green Street, fell 30 feet but “did a somersault in the air” and landed on his feet on muddy ground, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.

Langford said the firefighter had a back injury and a few small fractures but there were no signs of paralysis. He was able to wiggle his toes.

There were no signs that either his femur or ankles had broken which would be expected in a fall like that, Langford said.

He said the firefighter was in a lot of pain but was expected to pull through.

“He landed on soft ground, and that helps,” Langford said.

The fire broke out in the house’s attic at about 4:30 a.m. and was quickly put out, Langford said.

The cause is under investigation.