Fire captain hurt in Bronzeville apartment blaze in serious condition

CHICAGO -- A captain with the Chicago Fire Department was taken to a hospital Wednesday afternoon when he was injured while responding to a fire in the South Side Bronzeville neighborhood.

Firefighters responded about 1:15 p.m. to a blaze at a 3 1/2-story apartment building at 4327 S. King Drive, according to Larry Merritt, assistant director of Fire Media Affairs.

About 15 minutes after arriving, a mayday alert was called when the captain suffered injuries from smoke inhalation inside the building, Merritt said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition.

Merritt said the captain has been with the fire department for more than 20 years.

No other injuries were reported, Merritt said. Residents in the building were already outside or were not home when crews arrived.

At least three families were displaced due to the fire, according to the Chicago Red Cross.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel visited the captain in the hospital Wednesday evening.

WLS-TV contributed to this report.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2018.)