Fire captain hospitalized following mayday alert during Bronzeville blaze

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A firefighter was taken to a hospital Wednesday afternoon after responding to an apartment fire in Bronzeville. | Fire Media Affairs

A captain with the Chicago Fire Department was taken to a hospital Wednesday afternoon when he was injured while responding to a fire in the South Side Bronzeville neighborhood.

Firefighters responded about 1:15 p.m. to a blaze at a 3 1/2-story apartment building at 4327 S. King Drive, according to LarryMerritt, assistant director of Fire Media Affairs.

About 15 minutes after arriving, a mayday alert was called when the captain suffered injuries from smoke inhalation inside the building,Merrittsaid. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, wherehe was listed in serious condition.

Merrittsaid the captain has been with the fire department for more than 20 years.

No other injuries were reported,Merrittsaid. Residents in the building were already outside or were not home when crews arrived.

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