Firefighter and young boys among 6 injured in Kankakee fire

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KANKAKEE, Ill. –Two boys were critically injured and 22 people were displaced after a fire in Kankakee.

The fire broke out at a building just before 2 a.m. Wednesday in the 800 block of West Station Street.

The two boys, ages 2 and 4, had to be airlifted to burn units at hospitals in Chicago.

Three other people were hospitalized: a man who jumped from a second-floor window, a woman with smoke inhalation and another woman whose hand was burned.

A firefighter also suffered minor burns and was treated at the scene.

Firefighters had to rescue residents from a rear window, because the fire blocked their path to the front door.

Eight children and 14 adults were displaced.

The building housed businesses and eight apartment units.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

-The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report

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