All accounted for after Mayday call at Englewood fire

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CHICAGO -- A large fire broke out in an abandoned building in Englewood Tuesday morning.

A mayday and two-alarm was initially called at 7035 S. May as a precaution because a wall collapsed and the roof caved in. The mayday was secured and everyone has been accounted for.

The house next to it also caught fire. Five adults and three children were evacuated from there.

The building to the north was abandoned as well.

"The first arriving companies did a phenomenal job of saving the exposures on the north and south sides of this building. There was a heavy volume of fire, and if not for those efforts we could have lost both of those buildings," said Deputy District Chief Mitch Crooker.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury after he was hit by a falling brick.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

It started inside what is known as a "Red X" building.

"A Red X building is a very dangerous building, its got a red x on it, and it tells firefighters not to go inside because it is not structurally sound," said Deputy Fire Commissioner William Vogt. "It's a complete loss. The roof came completely down, and both walls collapsed on both sides."

The affected buildings face the rear of an elementary school across the street.

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