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18 displaced by Humboldt Park fire

No injuries were reported in Saturday’s fire.

Fire crews work to extinguish a blaze
Fire crews work to extinguish a blaze June 29, 2019 in the 1300 block of North Maplewood Avenue
Chicago Fire Department

A fire tore through a Humboldt Park apartment building Saturday on the West Side, leaving 18 people at least temporarily homeless.

The blaze was called in about 9:30 a.m to a three-story apartment building in the 1300 block of North Maplewood Avenue, according to the Chicago Fire Department. None of the residents were injured, but a firefighter was taken to a local hospital with a minor injury.

An adjacent three-story building was also damaged, fire officials said, contributing to the displacements. The fire was struck about about 9:50 a.m. and the Red Cross was notified about the displacements.

Alejandro Raya, who lives in the adjacent building, said he saw a light under his bedroom door and emerged to find the porch next door completely engulfed in flames. He helped all the residents and their pets safely evacuate.

“Everyone’s pretty shaken up,” Raya said.

No further information was immediately available.