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Man dead, firefighter injured in Rogers Park fire

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A man died and a firefighter was being treated for a leg injury after a fire Tuesday in the Rogers Park neighborhood, officials said.

The fire was reported about 7:40 a.m. at a five-story apartment building in the 6600 block of North Sheridan Road, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt.

Boniface E. Nweke, 60, suffered burns and was taken in critical condition to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. He was pronounced dead at 9:18 a.m.

An autopsy Wednesday did not rule on the cause and manner of his death pending further investigation, according to the medical examiner’s office.

A firefighter suffered a lower-leg injury, Merritt said.

No one was displaced, authorities said. The cause of the fire was under investigation.