South Shore apartment fire leaves families displaced; no injuries reported, CFD says

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Monday, February 12, 2024
Families displaced after apartment fire on South Side: CFD
A Chicago apartment fire in South Side left families without a home in the South Shore neighborhood Sunday morning, CFD said.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Several families were displaced after an apartment fire in the South Shore neighborhood Sunday, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

The fire happened at about 7 a.m. at an apartment complex in the 7800 block of S. South Shore Drive on Chicago's South Side.

Dozens of firefighters responded to the call to extinguish the blaze. About 100 residents were evacuated.

The second and third floors had the most visual damage, leaving up to 30 displaced.

No injuries were reported, however one woman was rescued from the second floor.

"The guys did a really good job going up there and bringing the lady down," CFD Deputy Chief Anthony Frazier said. "She was also in a wheelchair."

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Kimberly Klaver and her two young children were one of the families evacuated from the apartment complex.

"I hurried up and grabbed my kids in their diapers and put them in my coat and I ran out the door," Klaver said.

The Klaver family was left without a place to live in after their apartment had water damage.

Rizelle Maltbia told ABC7 Chicago his apartment was damaged by the fire.

"I'm in school for medical assistant and I lost my laptop, bus card and phones," Maltbia said. "I'm out here in long johns and I lost everything."

A warming bus was near the scene for families needing shelter.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.