Man jumps from second story West Side home to escape fire; woman claims she started fire

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CHICAGO — A woman claims to have started a West Side fire that caused a man to jumped from the second story of a home to escape the flames.

The first broke out on the 900 block of South Lawndale Avenue  in the Homan neighborhood at about 10:45 a.m. Thursday.

A man jumped from the second story of the row house and was hospitalized in  critical condition. Firefighters said a woman with special needs was rescued from the home.

A witness who took cell phone video said she got the woman on video saying she was the one who started the fire.

She said she had to start the fire to get away from the devil.

An employee with the apartment complex off camera said the woman was living in an apartment without permission, and when workers came with a court order to remove her, the worker said she set the place on fire.

A witness said police put the woman in handcuffs. No charges have been filed against the woman.

Firefighters said lighter fluid was used to start the fire, and said three apartments were damaged.

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