Chicago firefighters rescue girl from apartment fire

By Dan P. Blake
The Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — Chicago firefighters rescued a 10-year-old girl from a burning apartment building Sunday in the North Austin neighborhood, officials said.

The blaze broke out just before 11:40 a.m. in a second-floor unit of a three-story building in the 1600 block of North Central Avenue, according to Fire Department spokesman Kevin MacGregor.

Flames had spread to three rooms in the apartment, and when firefighters arrived, they were told a child was trapped.

"While knocking down the fire, they started a search and located a 10-year-old child partially in bed," said MacGregor.

He added that the girl had suffered burns to her body and smoke inhalation.

"She was breathing on her own but was having some problems," he said, describing her condition as she was carried from the building.

Firefighters and paramedics began treating her in the building's front yard before she left the scene.

The girl was taken to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park in serious to critical condition.

She has since been transferred to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, MacGregor said.

The cause of the blaze was under investigation, but it was thought to have started in the front of the apartment where the girl was found, he said.

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