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Chicago firefighters injured on the south side – update

The Chicago Tribune has a followup article HERE updating the events of Thursday evening and the conditions of the injured firefighters. Excerpts include the following:

As a badly burned Chicago fire captain was being helped from a blazingWest Englewood attic Thursday night, he realized another firefighter was still in danger.

“My guy is still up there! My guy is still up there!” yelled Capt. Thomas Ruane, prompting other firefighters to charge up the stairs, Deputy District Chief Bob McKee said Friday.

On entering the smoke-filled attic, firefighters heard the piercing shriek of an alarm on firefighter Gerald Carter’s breathing equipment, an indication he had been motionless for at least 15 seconds. Following the alarm’s sound, another firefighter found Carter and rushed him out of the house, McKee said.

Department officials said the rescuers’ quick reactions to the rapidly worsening conditions likely saved Ruane and Carter from more severe injuries.

…  the two firefighters assigned to Engine 54 …

Ruane, 52, was burned on his ears and the back of his neck, and Carter, 31, was burned on his left hand and forehead.

Kevin Abdullah, 49, the firefighter who helped Ruane out of the house, was treated for exhaustion at Mount Sinai Hospital and released Thursday night, fire officials said. A fourth firefighter, Sean Finn, 44, was also treated at Loyola for a burn to his neck but was released early Friday, officials said.

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Chicago firefighters injured on the south side – update

The Chicago Tribune has updated their article HERE and confirms that a fourth firefighter was injured in last night’s fire.

A third firefighter was also taken in serious to critical condition to Loyola, but details of his injuries were not known.

ABC has a video HERE 

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Chicago firefighters injured on the south side – update

11:30PM – the Chicago Tribune has a photo gallery HERE from the scene which shows some of the injured firefighters being transported by EMS. It has been reported that the firefighter who was transported to Mt. Sinai has been released.

Another unconfirmed report mentions a third firefighter being treated at Loyola Medical Center with serious injuries.

The Tribune also reports that:

One of the injured firefighters was identified by family members as Kevin Abdullah, 49. Fire officials did not confirm any of the names of the injured firefighters.

Other articles are HERE, HERE, and HERE.

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Chicago firefighters injured on the south side

The Chicago Tribune posted the following article which was updated at 8:30PM

3 firefighters injured in South Side fire

Staff report8:30 p.m. CDT, August 25, 2011

Three firefighters were injured, two in critical condition, in a fire that broke out tonight in the city’s West Englewood neighborhood, police said.

The fire broke out this evening at a structure located on the 7000 block of South Justine Street, police said.

Two firefighters were taken in serious-to-critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and another in fair condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, said Fire Department Chief Kevin MacGregor.  said.

At least eight residents were displaced in the fire.

The following is from

3 Firefighters Seriously Injured in Englewood Fire

Updated: Thursday, 25 Aug 2011, 8:22 PM CDT
Published : Thursday, 25 Aug 2011, 8:22 PM CDT

Sun-Times Media Wire

Chicago – Firefighters are battling a house fire in the South Side Englewood neighborhood Thursday evening.

The call for a house fire at 7032 S. Justine St. came in about 6:45 p.m., according to police News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien said. He said the fire has displaced several people.

Three firefighters were seriously injured, according to a police source.

A still-and-box alarm and EMS Plan I — which automatically sends five ambulances– were called for the fire, according to unconfirmed dispatch reports. The EMS Plan 1 was secured at 7:55 p.m.

The firefighters were transported from the scene to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and Mount Sinai Hospital, according to unconfirmed dispatch reports.

Fire Media Affairs was not immediately available for comment.

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