Teen, mom rescued from Glenview high-rise fire

Glenview firefighters made a dramatic rescue of two people from a high-rise apartment fire overnight.

Firefighters arrived on scene to the fire at 3925 Triumvera Drive at 12:30 a.m. to find flames shooting out a 9th floor window, as a 14-year-old boy and his mother waited for help on their nearby balcony.

Emergency crews evacuated the entire building, while firefighters used their ladder truck to reach the 9th floor balcony.

Sungwon Choi, 14, and his mother were safely rescued down the ladder.

Glenview Fire Chief Wayne Globerger says the fire was extinguished quickly and there were just a few minor injuries at the scene and no one was transported to the hospital.

Choi said is was a long way to climb down but it was “like rock-climbing, but in reverse.”

Choi said he listened to the firefighters to make sure he was safe.

The several units in the building suffered heavy water and smoke damage.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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