5 displaced by Back of the Yards house fire

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017
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Two children and three adults were displaced in a house fire early Wednesday in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Three adults and two children who lived on Chicago's South Side found themselves rushing out of bed and into the cold early Wednesday morning, as a flames burned through their home.

The fire broke out around 3:30 a.m. in the 4800-block of South Laflin Street in the city's Back of the yards neighborhood. After battling the blaze in the bitter cold for about 30 minutes, firefighters were able to extinguish the flames.

All five people were able to get out safely, but they were displaced. The Chicago Fire Department called the city's Department of Health and Human Services to help them find temporary housing.

This comes as people struggled to keep warm despite below-zero temperatures and wind chills between -15 and -30. A Wind Chill Advisory will be in effect for the Chicago area until 11 a.m. Wednesday. High temperatures are only expected to reach around 10 degrees.

Fortunately, firefighters said the weather challenges didn't get in the way of their early-morning effort.

Fire officials said most of the flames seemed to be coming from the rear of the home, but they had not yet pinned down the exact origin. The cause of this fire remains under investigation.

A home next door was also damaged by the fire, but it was vacant.

No one was injured.