Firefighters battle extra-alarm blaze in Pilsen

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CHICAGO -- No one was hurt in an extra alarm fire that broke out this morning in the Pilsen neighborhood.

The call came in around 8:50 this morning for the fire in the 1900 block of South Carpenter Street. Once the first crews arrived, they called in extra units. There were a total of 100 firefighters and 22 trucks and EMS personnel on the scene.

Smoke could be seen coming from the roof of the building.

Fire officials believe the fire started in a rear coach house and spread to the upper level.

There are six units in the building.

Lucas Zuniga lives in the basement coach house.  He says he woke up hearing a smoke alarm going off.

"I rushed out and immediately I smelled smoke," Zuniga said. "So I ran up the steps and I saw fire going on in the coach house in the back of the apartment, and I grabbed my nephews, I grabbed my sister."

Many neighbors stood nervously outside watching the fire crews, hoping the fire would not spread.

"It's devastating because, you know, the anxiety that it's going to pick up the next building -- we have, you know, a lot of elderly people here," said neighborLouie Quintanilla. "We just hope that the firemen continue to do what they do best and get it under control."

Everyone was able to make it out of the building and no injuries are reported. The fire was under control within an hour.

Several firefighters, with soot all over their faces, were seen walking out the front door carrying large poles. They were working the upper level of the building, poking holes in the roof to help release some of the smoke.

Someone was also seen carrying a stack of Chicago police uniforms out of the building. We're told an officer's mother lives here and that she would help iron those uniforms for him.

 

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