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Dog, cat killed in two-alarm fire at Lawndale apartment building

A firefighter stands outside a three-story building that caught fire Sunday afternoon in Lawndale. | Chicago Fire Media Affairs

A dog and a cat were killed when a fire broke out Sunday afternoon at a three-story apartment building in the Lawndale neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

At 1:40 p.m., emergency crews responded to the blaze in the 1800 block of South Saint Louis and evacuated people from a second-floor apartment, according to a tweet from Chicago Fire Media Affairs.

Strong winds prompted fire crews to upgrade the blaze to a two-alarm call, Fire Media Affairs said. More firefighters responded to the scene following the upgraded alarm, and the fire was put out by 2:48 p.m.

The pets were found dead inside the building, but no people were hurt, Fire Media Affairs said.

Six people were displaced by the blaze, which caused a partial roof collapse on the building’s second-floor, Fire Media Affairs said.