Firefighter critically hurt battling extra-alarm fire in Lawndale

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - A Chicago firefighter was in critical condition after collapsing at the scene of an extra-alarm fire Saturday morning in the Lawndale neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

Crews were called to the fire at 8:46 a.m. in the 1900 block of South St. Louis Avenue, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt.

The firefighter was found on the ground inside the building at 9:02 a.m. and he was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious-to-critical condition, Merritt said. A second firefighter was also taken to a hospital with minor injuries and was expected to be treated and released.

The fire was struck out by 9:27 a.m., according to the fire department.

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