Fire destroys West Side apartment building; Firefighter injured

CHICAGO – A firefighter was injured while battling a blaze on Chicago's West Side Friday afternoon.

The fire broke out in the 100 block of N. Lamon in the city’s South Austin neighborhood.

Shontell Reed lives in the building and lost  everything. She got the call this afternoon that her home was on fire. Her mother had to be rescued.

“They basically had the ladder up there and she was coming down from the ladder,” she said. “I was scared.”

The situation also turned scary for firefighters.   A backdraft occurred in the two-flat building and it prompted a mayday call.

It was a frantic 18-20 minutes before everyone was fully accounted for. One firefighter was taken to the hospital with injuries not considered life threatening.

Two other firefighters were treated at the scene.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Red Cross was at the scene helping residents who are now homeless.