07/29/2007

Chicago officers rescue 3 from burning building

The Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO, Ill. — The top ranking Chicago police official behind Supt. Philip Cline and another officer rescued three people Saturday afternoon from a burning two-story building on the Far South Side, authorities said.

First Deputy Supt. Dana Starks and Officer James Mitidiero were treated for smoke inhalation at St. Francis Hospital and Health Center in Blue Island and later released.

The three rescued, two men and a woman who were approximately 40 years old, were not hurt, police said.

About 2 p.m., the officers were in the area of 93rd Street and Cottage Grove Avenue following up on last week's gun turn-in when they spotted the blaze.

"A teen alerted them that there were possibly people inside the building," Chicago police spokeswoman Monique Bond said. "They [the officers] escorted the people outside."

About 100 firefighters were called to the building, at 9347-49 S. Cottage Grove Ave., said Eve Rodriguez, a Chicago Fire Department spokeswoman. The cause of the fire remained under investigation Saturday evening.

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