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Cicero firefighter suffers burns after falling through floor into basement

Several firefighters were entering the first floor of the home Friday morning when the floor collapsed and the firefighter fell into the basement where the fire had started.

Firefighters at the site of a house fire Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, at 5413 W 30th Pl. in Cicero.
Firefighters at the site of a house fire Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, at 5413 W 30th Pl. in Cicero.
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A Cicero firefighter suffered burns after falling through the floor of a house fire Friday morning in the western suburb.

Several firefighters were entering the first floor of the home at 5413 W 30th Pl. at 5:45 a.m. when the floor collapsed and the firefighter fell into the basement where the fire had started, Cicero spokesman Ray Hanania said.

The other firefighters pulled the firefighter up and out of the home. Paramedics took him to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

The firefighter, Pat Phillips, was listed in good condition with first-degree burns to his back and chest, and second-degree burns to his neck, Hanania said. He also had minor burns to his face and wrists.

“We expect him to fully recover once the burns are properly treated,” Hanania said.

Three other firefighters were treated for minor burns from the rescue, he said. No other injuries were reported.

The fire spread through the walls into the attic and was extinguished around 10 a.m., Hanania said. It was too early to determine the cause of the fire, he said.

“Once again we see how a fire is both a danger to residents and a danger to the firefighters who respond to the fires and our emergencies,” Cicero President Larry Dominick said in a statement. “We wish Firefighter Patrick Phillips a swift recovery.”

More than 30 people were displaced in another fire Wednesday at an apartment building at 2123 S. 51st Court. No one was injured.