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10 injured, 20 displaced after extra-alarm fire in South Lawndale

Updated: January 11, 2014 8:41AM

An apartment fire in the South Lawndale neighborhood spread to the two neighboring buildings early Saturday, injuring 10 people - including four children - and leaving 20 people displaced.

The 2-11 fire broke out about 4:10 a.m. on the rear porch of a two-story apartment building in the 2300 block of South Kedzie Avenue and spread to the buildings directly to the north and south, Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford said.

Suffering from smoke inhalation, six adults and four children were taken with non-life-threatening injuries to area hospitals, Langford said.

The 20 displaced residents were given shelter in a Chicago Fire Department firehouse directly across the street from the apartment building, fire officials said. The American Red Cross and the city’s Department of Human Services were called to the scene to assist “several” residents whose homes were rendered uninhabitable.

The blaze was under control by 5:45 a.m., fire officials said.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known, Langford said, but evidence has been sent to the Chicago Police Department’s Bomb and Arson Unit.

“We have enough evidence to send it to police for investigation,” Langford said.

No one was in custody Saturday morning as the cause of the fire remains under investigation, police said.

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