Chicago firefighter injured while battling fire on South Side

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Chicago, IL, United States (4E) – A Chicago firefighter was injured early Friday morning while trying to control a fire on the south side area along East 73rd Street.

According to officials, the firefighter was battling the blaze inside a vacant two-story building when he crashed from the first floor to the basement.

Other firefighters immediately pulled him out of danger through a window.

He was transported to the University of Chicago Hospital with a broken wrist.

The fire at the building, which was under construction, was contained.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Meanwhile, another vacant building located at S. Escanaba caught fire at around the same time.

No one was hurt, however, a dozen people were displaced after flames reached nearby buildings.

Chicago fire officials reported they deal with several dozens of fires at abandoned buildings every month.

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