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Fire displaces a dozen residents in Summit

An early morning fire Saturday displaced 12 people from an apartment building in the 7600 block of West 61st Place in Summit.

Fire Chief Wayne Hanson said the call came in at 2:32 a.m. Nov. 25.

ÒThere was heavy fire and smoke upon arrival,” he said.

The fire was contained to the home at 7641 W. 61st Place.

ÒThe building was occupied at the time,” Hanson said. ÒAll 12 occupants made it out OK.”{{more}}

One resident was taken to MacNeal Hospital for smoke inhalation and a firefighter was transported for exhaustion. Both were treated and released.

The building had three apartments, Hanson said. The Red Cross was at the scene and provided emergency housing for the three families.

Hanson said the building will be considered a total loss.

Deputy Chief Frank Batura said the building sustained Òsevere fire and water damage.”

ÒWe upped the call to a box alarm,” Batura said estimating as many as 45 firefighters were on hand to battle the blaze. The fire was called out at 6:30 a.m.

Hanson said mutual aid was provided by Bedford Park, Bridgeview, Central Stickney, North Palos, Oak Lawn, Burbank, Hometown, Evergreen Park, Forest View, and Stickney. Also assisting were Summit Police and the Summit Water Department.

The cause is undetermined and under investigation, Hanson said.

Clemente Quesada told WLS-TV he realized something was wrong when he heard his neighbors screaming.

Carlos Hernandez, 13, and his mother picked through the debris in search of anything that survived the fire, WLS reported.

“To see it gone, all my stuff, what we’ve earned destroyed,” said Hernandez.

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