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Firefighter suffers minor battling extra-alarm blaze

Updated: April 9, 2012 6:32AM

A firefighter suffered a minor injuries as emergency crews battled an extra-alarm blaze early Monday in the South Chicago neighborhood.

The fire began about 2:20 a.m. in an abandoned building in the 8600 block of South Escanaba Avenue, police said.

The two-and-a-half story building partially collapsed as fire crews worked to bring the blaze under control, Fire Media Affairs said. The flames spread from the two-flat to an abandoned corner store before the flames were extinguished about 3:15 a.m.

A firefighter battling the blaze suffered cuts to his hands was taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital, according to Fire Media Affairs.

The building was unoccupied and police evacuated several surrounding buildings as a precaution, police said.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Monday morning.

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