CHICAGO (CBS) — Seven Chicago firefighters were injured while responding to a blaze in the city’s Roseland neighborhood on Saturday afternoon.
The fire occurred near 112th Street and Princeton Avenue around 3:15 p.m., officials said.
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The Chicago Fire Department posted a tweet stating, “CFD had a MAYDAY response at 112th and Princeton. There were transports. Will update here as soon as possible.”
The CFD later provided an update saying seven firefighters had been transported to local hospitals, but none had suffered life-threatening injuries.
It took 100 firefighters to extinguish the fire. While the injured are expected to recover, the woman who lived in the house said she had lost everything.
Tamorra Watts said she stayed home the rest of the day and missed the flames by minutes. She went home to have a nightmare.
“I look up and then there’s my house and all the smoke was getting bigger and bigger,” she said.
She was at her brother’s house down the street when the house she had been living in for five years caught fire.
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“It’s so scary because I would normally have been in the house,” she said.
A neighbor across the street said he heard a loud bang and saw more than 100 firefighters battling the blaze.
Watts said she was lucky to have her family living in her neighborhood to support her during this horrific time.
Fire Commissioner Annette Nance-Holt said three people were inside the building and four on the porch when a flashover occurred. The three people inside the building were able to get out and the four on the porch were blown off the porch, she said.
Nance-Holt said most of the injuries were minor burns or orthopedic injuries, such as shoulder injuries. Six of the injured firefighters were scheduled to be released from the hospital on Saturday night, but one was eventually to be transferred from Advocate Christ Medical Center to Loyola University Medical Center as a precaution.
The fire was extinguished in less than 15 minutes. The CFD said it was still investigating the cause of the fire.
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Fire Commissioner Annette Nance-Holt said there were no smoke detectors in the building.