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A fire is being investigated as suspicious after firefighters rescued a man trapped in a burning three-story building Monday morning in the Englewood neighborhood.

The man, 26, was about to jump from the top floor when he was plucked from a window ledge by firefighters with a ladder, who rushed him to University of Chicago Hospitals in serious condition, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.

In addition to suffering burns, the man cut himself crawling onto the ledge through a broken window, fire officials said.

About 7 a.m.

Firefighters were called to 5602 S. Racine Ave. about 7 a.m. after a blaze erupted in the building that houses a business and multiple apartments, fire officials said in a release.

The fire began in a front stairwell, according to Fire Media Affairs.

The building had working smoke alarms that awoke residents, who called 911, Fire Media Affairs said.

The fire was extinguished about 7:20 a.m., according to a release.

Five engines, four trucks and roughly 70 firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene, Langford said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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