Authorities investigating Humboldt Park fire as arson

CHICAGO (Sun Times Media Wire) - Authorities are conducting an arson investigation Thursday morning after a fire left two people, including a Chicago firefighter, injured in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side.

Crews were called about 2:05 a.m. for reports of a fire at a building in the 600 block of North Springfield, Chicago Fire Department Battalion Chief George Gurrola told a reporter at the scene.

Crews arrived to find flames on a stairway on the north side of the building and in an interior stairwell, Gurrola said.

The fire was out by 3:36 a.m., according to Fire Media Affairs. One of the building’s occupants, a woman, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital with a “minor injury,” according to fire officials.

Firefighters found her outside the building, Gurrola said. Police said the 35-year-old woman had jumped from a second-floor window.

A firefighter with a possible knee injury was also taken to Mount Sinai, where his condition was stabilized, according to Gurrola.

Ten residents were displaced as a result of the fire, Gurrola said. No smoke detectors were found on the premises.

Police said the origin of the fire was thought to be suspicious in nature and the blaze was being investigated as an arson. The CFD Office of Fire Investigations was also investigating the cause of the fire.

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