Multiple firefighters injured rescuing another after fire causes floor collapse in Cicero

Firefighter Patrick Phillips suffered 1st and 2nd degree burns but is expected to make a full recovery, officials say

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Friday, December 17, 2021
Cicero firefighter injured after floor collapsed while battling house fire
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The firefighter was inside the house on the first floor when it collapsed, causing the firefighter to fall into the basement, officials said.

CICERO, Ill. (WLS) -- Three firefighters were injured while rescuing another from a house fire in west suburban Cicero Friday morning.

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The fire broke out in a two-story house in the 5400 block of 30th Place at 5:45 a.m., according to officials.

Firefighters were entering the house when the first floor collapsed, causing the firefighter to fall into the basement, officials said.

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The firefighter, identified by officials as 30-year-old Patrick Phillips, was transported to Loyola Hospital with second-degree burns to his neck and first-degree burns to his back and chest.

Three other firefighters suffered minor burns while rescuing Phillips, officials said.

"Once again we see how a fire is both a danger to residents and a danger to the firefighters who respond to the fires and our emergencies. We wish Firefighter Patrick Phillips a swift recovery," said President Larry Dominick.

Phillips joined the department about a year ago and is expected to make a full recovery.

The fire has since been extinguished and is under investigation, officials said.