5 Firefighters Hospitalized After Complications From FireFri Nov 25, 2016 08:122604:2d80:4019:83b8:2824:db2:16d1:2a7e5 Firefighters Hospitalized After Complications From Fire
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5 Firefighters Hospitalized After Complications From Fire
Five Chicago firefighters were rushed to hospital after battling a West Side fire early Monday morning. NBC 5's Susan Carlson reports. (Published Monday, Nov. 21, 2016)
Five Chicago Fire Department firefighters were rushed to area hospitals early Monday when they reported “feeling ill” after battling an earlier blaze.
About 3:20 a.m., the firefighters were all taken from the Engine 26 Firehouse, 10 N. Leavitt St., according to Fire Media Affairs Chief Juan Hernandez.
Three firefighters were taken to Stroger Hospital, one was taken to Rush University Medical Center and a fifth firefighter was transported to Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, Hernandez said.
They were all listed in fair-to-serious condition.
The nature of their illness and which fire may have caused it or contributed to it remains under investigation early Monday.
Published at 5:10 AM CST on Nov 21, 2016 | Updated at 11:37 AM CST on Nov 21, 2016
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6 CHICAGO FIREFIGHTERS SICKENED AFTER BATTLING WEST TOWN FIRE
Six firefighters were rushed to hospitals Monday morning feeling sick after a fire in West Town.
By Jessica D'Onofrio and Liz Nagy
Monday, November 21, 2016 11:45AM
CHICAGO (WLS) -- Six firefighters were hospitalized Monday morning after they woke up feeling sick, Chicago Fire Department officials said.
Ambulances arrived at Engine House 26 at 10 North Leavitt Street on the Near West Side around 3 a.m. and transported five firefighters to area hospitals. One firefighter at another firehouse was also hospitalized.
Three firefighters were released from hospitals Monday morning, their chief said. They woke up complaining of upper respiratory irritation, Assistant Deputy Fire Commissioner Timothy Sampey said.
"Raspy throat and irritated in their noses," he said.
Prior to the health scare, the firefighters were fighting a fire in the 1400-block of West Huron Street in the West Town neighborhood. It was a very smoky fire inside a very large upscale home where a family of four got out ok.
Fire officials said the fire started from an overheated furnace and an irritant may have gotten into the air. The firefighters had stayed on the outside during the house fire.
"Outside the structure, the tendency is to remove your mask and as something is ventilated if they're in the wrong place as the wind changes direction, they could have possibly been exposed to something unknowingly," Sampey said.
Investigators are examining exactly what it was that caused the firefighters to get sick.
The family in the home on West Huron Street has been relocated to a hotel. None of them reported being sick.
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