Firefighters rescue man, dogs from burning building in Pullman

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An elderly man is recovering at a Chicago hospital after firefighters rescued him from a house fire Tuesday.

The fire broke out around 9 a.m. at a home in 700 block of East 105th Street in the Pullman neighborhood.

Firefighters carried the 73-year-old man from the second floor down a ladder.

Tuesday afternoon, members of Engines 81, 82 and Truck 42 came back to the scene to talk about the rescue with media. The team is being heralded as heroes.

Seven dogs, six puppies and their mother, were found safe in the basement.  The adult dog was treated with oxygen.

The fire department says it took about 15 minutes to extinguish the fire, which appeared to start at the rear of the building and quickly filled the building with smoke. They believe the cause of the fire was electrical.

-Chicago Tribune contributed to this report

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