Woman in wheelchair, Chicago police officer critically injured in fire

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CHICAGO — Chicago police say a disabled woman who was trapped inside a bedroom during a house fire and a police sergeant who tried to save her are in critical condition.

Police say the fire broke out in a two-story home at 79th & Muskegon around 3 a.m. Wednesday.

When police arrived they learned that a woman in a wheel chair was inside a bedroom. He says the sergeant rushed in the house but was unable to break down the door because it was obstructed by furniture. Firefighters arrived and were able to break down the door and pull the woman out.

The woman suffered severe burns over much of her body and the sergeant suffered from smoke inhalation and internal burns.

Police Supt. Eddie Johnson says the sergeant is expected to make a full recovery.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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