Kenwood high-rise fire leaves 3, including Chicago firefighter, hurt

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Chicago firefighter among 3 hurt in Kenwood fire
A Kenwood high-rise fire left three people, including a Chicago firefighter, injured early Wednesday morning.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A fire in a Kenwood high-rise building early Wednesday morning left two people and a firefighter injured, Chicago fire officials said.

The fire broke out on the 22-story building's second floor about 4:15 a.m. in the 4800-block of South Lake Park Avenue.

Two women, ages 84 and 64, were transported to University of Chicago Medical Center for smoke inhalation, fire officials said. They were in good condition.

A firefighter was also transported there for minor injuries.

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Ten people also refused to be transported, officials said.

Chicago fire officials had finished conducting a search of the Harper Square Cooperative high-rise building by about 5:30 a.m. to make sure everyone had made it out safely, and the fire had been extinguished.

Some residents were forced out into the cold, and Chicago firefighters were working in bitterly cold temperatures.

The fire's cause is under investigation.