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2 firefighters and cop among 7 hurt in West Pullman fire

Chicago firefighters scene blaze 11600 block South Michigan Avenue Tuesday.  |  Eric Clark/For Sun Times Media

Chicago firefighters at the scene of a blaze in the 11600 block of South Michigan Avenue on Tuesday. | Eric Clark/For Sun Times Media

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Updated: May 17, 2014 6:46AM

Seven people, including two firefighters and a police officer, were hurt Tuesday evening in a fire in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side.

Emergency crews responded about 6:10 p.m. to the two-story frame building in the 11600 block of South Michigan Avenue, according to Larry Langford, a Chicago Fire Department spokesman.

Two police officers were in the area about 6 p.m., when they saw people trapped on the second floor of the building, said Officer Hector Alfaro, a police spokesman. The officers told a 15-year-old boy and an 8-year-old boy to break a window and jump down into their arms.

Two firefighters suffered smoke-inhalation injuries that were not life-threatening, he said. One was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, and the other to Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers in Evergreen Park.

A police officer who also suffered from smoke inhalation was taken to MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island in good condition, Langford said.

At least four other civilians also suffered smoke inhalation, and they were taken in good condition to area hospitals, Langford said, citing preliminary information.

One of those taken to a hospital also suffered a hip injury, he said. Some of the injured were treated at Advocate Trinity Hospital, in addition to Christ, Little Company and MetroSouth Hospitals.


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