Police Attempting Rescue Before Firefighters Arrive Trapped for Short Time in Apartment Fire on South King Drive, Chicago

Fire exposure to adjacent building on South King Drive, Chicago
Fire exposure to adjacent building on South King Drive, Chicago.

Police and firefighter/paramedics from Chicago responded about 10:00 p.m. Saturday February 15, 2020 to an apartment fire at 4820 South King Drive.

Battalion Chief 5 activated a Still and Box Alarm at about 10:04 p.m. for a report that a police officer was temporarily trapped in the basement while attempting a rescue before firefighters arrived. The police officer was safely evacuated from the building by 10:08 p.m., and all police officers that were in the building before firefighters arrived were declared safely accounted for.

Firefighters then went to work to concentrate efforts on fighting a fire on the first floor and basement of a 25 x70 square-foot 3-story apartment building.

There was heavy fire in the basement reported.

The fire department response was elevated to a 2-11 Alarm with an EMS Plan 1 by about 10:23 p.m. Early reports indicate six people were transported to the hospital. Chicago Fire Department reported a 20 year-old woman suffered smoke inhalation with a small-area burn. A 34 year-old woman and a 4 year-old boy suffered smoke inhalation. Three police officers were also transported to hospital(s) with smoke inhalation.

The building was heavily damaged with a partial collapse.

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The information in this article is an early report published before any summary information was confirmed or released by police or fire authorities.

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Fire exposure to adjacent building on South King Drive, Chicago
Fire exposure to adjacent building on South King Drive, Chicago (SOURCE: Chicago Fire Media).
Apartment Fire with smoke showing on the front side of the building on South King Drive in Chicago, Saturday February 15, 2020
Apartment Fire with smoke showing on the front side of the building on South King Drive in Chicago, Saturday February 15, 2020 (SOURCE: Chicago Fire Media).