Man charged with hitting police officer during Morgan Park house fire, police say

Samuel Bassett.

Samuel Bassett, of Chicago, is charged with allegedly hitting a police officer at the scene of his burning home.

Police say the incident happened Friday in the Morgan Park neighborhood while firefighters were battling the fire.

Bassett was trying to get into his burning home, and when police tried to stop him, he allegedly hit an officer, police said.

Bassett, 48, was ordered held on $3,000 bond.

Three firefighters became trapped in Bassett's basement, but none was seriously hurt.

The fire is under investigation.
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