CHICAGO — Two firefighters were injured while battling a fire on the city’s South Side that left at least 30 people displaced.
The fire started just before 6 a.m. Tuesday on the first-floor of Vincennes Food Mart in the 7900 block of South Vincennes Avenue in the Gresham neighborhood. The building houses a business and apartments.
The fire was upgraded to a 3-11 and spread to a second building, according to fire officials.
According to fire officials, two firefighters were taken to hospitals with minor injuries. No other injuries have been reported.
Approximately 30 people were displaced by the fire, according to CFD officials.
Officials said some of the building’s security measures made entry difficult.
“They had a hard time entering because of the bars and the security on the building,” said CFD Cmdr. Annette Nance-Holt. “Once they were able to get in there, it delayed our fire attack due to the security on the building.”
One building will need to be demolished due to the extensive damage, officials said.
The response also included a HAZMAT team due to a nail salon on the ground floor.
The cause of the fire is under investigation and the Red Cross was on the scene assisting the displaced.
Despite the devastation, one family was thankful for their teen son who woke them up and helped get them out of the building.
“It was like I was dreaming of a fire, then I woke up and there was smoke in my face,” said Malachi Tate.
“This dude is a hero. He saved the family, man,” said Malachi’s father, Mario Tate.