8 injured 2 boys jump at south side house fire

Two firefighters and one police officer were injured when trying to knock down blaze at south side residence. Police spotted the fire and called it, when officers arrived they found 2 young children in the upstairs window. The kids were able to break the window and jump out. Another man was rescued by firefighters from the rear of the building. Good job to all involved!

Chicago Tribune:

“I’m telling him, man, your house is on fire!” said Bernard Jones, 52, who lives near the home in the 11600 block of South Michigan where eight people, including a two firefighters and a police officer, were injured Tuesday evening.

The man opened the front door as flames leapt from the side of the house toward the second floor, Jones said.

“We look up,” Jones said. “There’s kids in the window.”

A pair of police officers in the area had spotted the burning home, too, and had called it in on their radios about 6 p.m.

Seeing two boys in the upstairs windows, the officers shouted instructions to break the windows and jump into their arms, Police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said.

It was a team effort, with Jones and other people nearby helping direct the boys, who are 15 and 8 years old, to a side window. The officers and neighbors then prepared to catch the boys and urged them to jump.

“The older one was a little hesitant and we were like, ‘Man, you got to let it go,’ so he went and jumped,” Jones said. “The younger one was like, ‘Hey I’m coming.'” Full story continued Chicago Tribune…

Alex Garcia/Chicago Tribune

Alex Garcia/Chicago Tribune

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