Rescue Teams Save Children Trapped In Dilapidated Building Blaze
Chicago Tribune via Yellowbrix
September 07, 2010
CHICAGO – Several people, including two children, were rescued Monday morning from a blaze in a sparsely occupied Bronzeville condo building where conditions were described as “pretty bad” by a Chicago Fire Department spokesman.
A firefighter was treated at the University of Chicago Medical Center for burns to his ears, said Chief Kevin MacGregor, a Fire Department spokesman.
When the firefighters arrived at 4725 S. Michigan Ave. at 1:20 a.m., they discovered “people were hanging out of windows waiting to be rescued,” MacGregor said. Firefighters lifted ladders to the top floor and removed one adult and two children and also rescued a person from an inside stairwell, he said.
The children, ages 6 and 8, were taken in fair to good condition to Comer Children’s Hospital for smoke inhalation, he said. Other residents were treated at the scene.
The fire, which is under investigation, was contained to the top floor, MacGregor said.
It’s unclear how many people live in the white brick building. The building had an unsecure front door and many vacant units.
A man who declined to give his name said he had bought a foreclosed unit in the building several weeks ago with the hopes of buying other abandoned units. He said thieves had stripped the building of much of its copper and appliances, and the gas had long been shut off, he said.