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Updated: May 12, 2014 6:44PM

Firefighters rescued four people, including a young child, after a fire broke out in the hallway of a South Shore neighborhood apartment building Monday afternoon.

Emergency officials were called about 2:40 p.m. to a seven-story walk-up in the 7000 block of South Jeffery Boulevard, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.

A woman in a second-floor unit heard her smoke detector go off and called 911 after she found a fire in the hallway in front of her door, blocking her only exit, Langford said.

Firefighters put ladders up the front of the building and rescued the woman after bringing a young girl, about 4, to safety, he said.

Crews also rescued two other adults from a rear-facing unit, Langford said. No one was injured.

The heavy fire burned through the woman’s door, and filled the building with smoke, Langford said.

The blaze is considered suspicious, and both the fire department’s Office of Fire Investigations and police Bomb and Arson Unit are looking into the cause, he said.

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