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Lyons apartment fire forces woman to toss child to police below

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LYONS, Ill. (FOX 32 News) -

A woman was forced to toss her child out of a second-story window as her apartment burned around her in southwest suburban Lyons.

Police officers were called heroes Monday morning after they rescued residents from a blazing building.

Officer Charles Wright was on patrol about 12:20 a.m. when he noticed the fire at the apartment building in the 4500 block of Prescott Avenue, Lyons Police Chief Harley Schinker said.

Wright, a 30-year veteran, entered the building and rescued several people from the building, Schinker said.

Other officers and firefighters eventually arrived at the scene to help out, as residents were evacuated. In total, 11 people were rescued.

Wright was treated and released from MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn for smoke inhalation, Schinker said.

The fire appeared to have started in the basement. No one was injured but 15 people were displaced due to the fire, Schinker said.

Officer Rob Zieman caught the baby that a mother had no choice but to toss from an upper floor, Schinker said, before escaping the fire through the window herself.

The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago provided food and shelter to one family, a spokeswoman said.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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