Porch collapses on 2 firefighters battling extra-alarm blaze
















Deputy Fire Commissioner John McNicholas addresses reporters.


Deputy Fire Commissioner John McNicholas addresses reporters.
(February 26, 2013)


























































Two firefighters were hurt in an extra-alarm fire in the South Side's Gresham neighborhood early this morning, fire officials said.


The 2-11 alarm fire broke out about 3:40 a.m. in vacant home in the 8800 block of South Parnell Avenue,  spreading to an adjacent home shortly after.


A porch roof in the first home collapsed as two firefighters were leaving the building, pushing both firefighters through the porch into the basement, Chicago Fire Department Deputy Fire Commissioner John McNicholas said.





The collapse injured and trapped both firefighters, prompting officials to call a mayday. Other firefighters managed to rescue their injured colleagues, and both were taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital.


The firefighters, who are veterans of the department, sustained relatively minor injuries, but the situation could have been much worse, McNicholas said.


"It could have been a lot worse," the deputy commissioner said. "Had we had fire in the basement of that building, things could have been a different story."


The building where the fire started is not currently occupied, fire officials said. A family of five escaped the second home uninjured.


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