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Floor Collapses Onto 2 Chicago Firefighters Battling Fire

CHICAGO (AP) — A floor collapsed onto two Chicago firefighters early Tuesday as they were helping battle a residential fire, trapping one of them until he was rescued, officials said.

Crews arrived at the townhouse about 4 a.m. on the city’s far South Side to find flames shooting from the building’s roof. As firefighters were fighting the blaze, the building’s second floor collapsed, trapping the two firefighters and prompting a mayday response, the Chicago Fire Department said.

“That collapse happened awful quick,” District Chief Jim McDonough told WGN-TV.

He said the two firefighters were within 10 feet of the townhouse’s front door when the floor collapsed. McDonough said one firefighter was able to free himself from the debris, but the other was trapped about waist-deep by debris before being rescued as firefighters continued fighting the blaze.

The two firefighters hit by the floor collapse were taken to a hospital along with two other firefighters. The fire department said all four appeared “not to be seriously injured.”

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A resident in the building declined medical attention at the scene, officials said.

The fire was put out shortly before 5 am, but firefighters continued to extinguish hot spots throughout the building in Chicago’s South Deering neighborhood.

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