Mayday: 6 Chicago FFs hospitalized after flashover
Video shows one of the firefighters leaping from the roof of the building to another building to escape
By Laura French
CHICAGO — Six Chicago firefighters were hospitalized after a flashover and mayday call during a structure fire on Friday morning, with one firefighter making a daring escape by jumping from the roof of one building to another.
The Chicago Fire Department tweeted that a mayday was called during the blaze, but that all firefighters were accounted for by around 8:45 a.m. A total of six firefighters were transported with injuries that are not life-threatening, officials said.
Update on Mayday. 6 CFD members transported after flashover and Mayday all are doing well. At least one member jumped from the building. Cause of fire under investigation. pic.twitter.com/IWi4d8Ihps— Chicago Fire Media (@CFDMedia) February 19, 2021
Chicago fire officials also reported that one of the firefighters had jumped from the building. WGN-TV cameras captured a firefighter jumping from the roof of the burning building to another building next door in order to escape.
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Chicago Fire Department District Chief Steven Clay said the injured firefighters sustained minor burns and are doing well. The cause of the fire is under investigation.