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Updated: July 11, 2013 9:30AM

An apartment fire that injured six people on the South Side Wednesday night was set by an angered girlfriend who lit her boyfriend’s couch on fire following an argument, police said.

No arrests have been made, however, the Chicago Police Bomb and Arson squad is investigating the blaze, sparked about 10:35 p.m. on the top floor of a South Shore apartment building, said police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada.

Officers called to the scene spoke with an injured man who told them his girlfriend had set his couch on fire after the two had a fight, police said.

Six people, including a child, were injured when heavy flames spread from a single apartment to a hallway of the four-story building at 7102 S. Jeffery Blvd., according to Chicago Fire Department officials.

Emergency crews also rescued several people from the upper floors of the 50-unit building who could not otherwise have made it out, Deputy District Chief Kenneth Wojtecki told reporters at the scene.

The building had working smoke detectors, Wojtecki said.

“It was contained to one apartment, although it did break out of the apartment into the hallway, which made things a little bit more difficult” for firefighters, Wojtecki said. “This building has 50 units, so a lot of residents. . . . The guys should be commended on the great job they did.”

Four of the injured were taken to area hospitals in good condition. Two were taken to hospitals in serious condition, he said.

The blaze, which drew 80 paramedics and firefighters to the scene, was extinguished about 11:15 p.m., fire officials said.

A tweet from the fire department said the “fire will be investigated as suspicious based on witness statements and evidence.”

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