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Resident, firefighter hurt in Orland Park townhouse blaze

The back of a southwest suburban townhouse is charred after a fire that left one hospitalized Saturday morning. | Orland Park Fire Protection District

A southwest suburban resident suffered second-degree burns and a firefighter was hurt battling a blaze at a townhouse in Orland Park Saturday morning.

Crews were called at 6:30 a.m. to the fire at an eight-unit, two-story townhouse in the 15800 block of Orlan Brook Drive, according to Orland Park Fire Protection District spokesman Ray Hanania.

Officials called in a box alarm for more manpower as heavy flames shot out of several second-floor units, Hanania said.

A person was taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox with second-degree burns and was expected to be transferred to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, officials said. The male victim’s age and condition were not available.

It took about an hour to put out the fire, and a firefighter was treated for exhaustion and smoke inhalation at the scene, officials said. He was treated and back on the job Saturday afternoon.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.