The Chicago Tribune has an article about a south side fire where four civilians were rescued:

Four people, including a young girl, were rescued from a suspicious fire in a large apartment building in the Jackson Park Highlands neighborhood [yesterday] afternoon, fire officials said. Firefighters were called to the building at 7020 S. Jeffery Boulevard about 2:40 p.m. after a woman called 911 to say she was trapped in her apartment by the fire, fire officials said.

A still and box alarm and an EMS Plan 1 were called for the building, a high-rise apartment with several stairwells. Firefighters arrived at the building and saw the woman at the window of her second-floor apartment. They couldn’t reach her by going through the hallway because of the strength of the fire in the hallway, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.

Firefighters from Engine 126 rescued the woman’s young child, who appeared to be about 3 years old, and the woman, using a ladder to get her out of the front of her apartment. Firefighters from Truck 49 also rescued a man and a woman from another apartment, said fire spokeswoman Chief Verdi Allen.

A quick response to the fire kept any of those who were rescued from requiring hospitalization, Langford said. They were checked by paramedics at the scene and declined further medical treatment, Allen said.

The fire was unusually intense for an apartment fire, starting in a hallway near the front door of the woman’s apartment and burning through the apartment door, Langford said. It required firefighters to use two fire hoses to put out, he said. The fire is suspicious, and the fire department’s Office of Fire Investigation and police Bomb and Arson detectives will be investigating, Langford said.

thanks Dan