Three families displaced from their homes in Fernwood

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Firefighters battle an extra-alarm blaze at a house Christmas morning in the 10400 block of South State. | Chicago Fire Department

Three families were displaced from their Far South side homes Christmas morning after an extra-alarm fire broke out at a Fernwood neighborhood.

Firefighters responded to the blaze shortly after 6 a.m. at a two-story house in the 10400 block of South State, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

The heavy fire was on the second floor and a second alarm was called in at 6:33 a.m., fire officials said.

The blaze was extinguished by 7:04 a.m., fire officials said. One person was taken in good condition to Roseland Community Hospital, and two other people refused medical treatment. In all, a dozen people, about half of them children, were unable to return to their homes in the home that caught fire and adjacent buildings that were damaged, said Gerry Holmes, spokesman for the Red Cross of Northern Illinois.

At least 12 people were displaced because of the fire and the Department of Human Services was called to the scene to assist with housing, fire officials said. The three families were given vouchers for housing in hotels, Holmes said, but he was not certain whether they needed additional clothing.

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