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CHA Fire Leaves 2 Hospitalized, Including Man Critically Burned

By Anna Deem in News on Mar 20, 2011 6:00PM

An elderly man who suffered second and third degree burns and a person in their 20s who suffered minor smoke inhalation were both injured in a fire at the Patrick Sullivan Apartments, a Chicago Housing Authority senior citizens building, at 1633 W. Madison St. early Sunday morning. According to Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford via the Chicago Sun-Times, an EMS Plan I alarm and a still-and-box alarm were both called around 1 a.m., sending at least five ambulances to the building. The fire started in a mattress in an apartment containing the elderly man. Both he and the other injured individual were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the room it was in, and the blaze was out by 1:30 a.m., Langford said. Authorities are still investigating and believe the fire may have been caused accidentally by smoking materials.