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Woman rescued from West Ridge apartment fire

A woman was hospitalized with serious injuries after being rescued by firefighters from a burning apartment in the West Ridge neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.

The fire started just before 4 p.m. in the living room of an apartment in the 2500 block of West Fitch, Fire Media Affairs spokesman Joe Roccasalva said.

Firefighters went inside and rescued the woman from a bedroom in the same unit, Roccasalva said.

The 20-year-old suffered smoke inhalation was taken to Presence St. Francis Hospital in Evanston in fair-to-serious condition, he said.

Crews put out the fire “pretty quickly” and flames did not spread to any other units in the multi-story building, Roccasalva said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Chicago Red Cross is assisting residents affected by the fire.