Firefighters battle fires through heat, humidity

July 1, 2012 (CHICAGO)

A firefighter suffered heat related injuries at a south side home that went up in flames around 7 a.m.

The fire spread to a home next door in the 400 block of East 42nd Street.

No one was home at the time.

Then about two hours later, a machine caught fire at Wheatland Tube Factory in the 2300 block of West 47th Street.

A Level 1 Hazmat situation was called as a precaution.

Firefighters had to be relieved quickly due to the intense heat.

"There's a lot of heat conditions we have to deal with," said CFD Chief Curtis Powell. "The company's been working a previous fire here on the South Side. So, (it's) really taxing on us. So right now we set up a rehab area for them to get some rest."

No one was injured and no hazardous materials were involved at the company that makes electrical and galvanized metal tubing.

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