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Officer, man injured in extra alarm fire on West Side

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A police officer and a 60-year-old man were hospitalized for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in the 2900 block of West Harrison Street Friday morning. (Photo courtesy of NVP News) A police officer and a 60-year-old man were hospitalized for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in the 2900 block of West Harrison Street Friday morning. (Photo courtesy of NVP News)
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A Chicago Police Officer and a man he tried to save were injured early Friday in an extra-alarm fire at an apartment building in the West Side Garfield Park neighborhood.

The fire began about 3:40 a.m. in a fourth-floor apartment in the 2900 block of West Harrison Street, according to Fire Media Affairs.

A 60-year-old man was smoking while using medical oxygen when his bedding caught fire, Fire Media Director Larry Langford said. He attempted to extinguish the fire with water from his bathroom, but was unsuccessful.

The resident suffered smoke inhalation and was taken in good condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, Lanford said.

A 31-year-old Harrison District police officer who helped the man also suffered minor smoke inhalation and was taken in good condition to Rush University Medical Center, Fire Media said.

Joseph Rodriguez, a security officer with LawDog Security and Investigations, was patrolling the street nearby with his partner when they heard the fire alarm going off and saw flames in the fourth-floor windows, he said.

"I called 911 while my partner got the door open, and I grabbed the fire extinguisher thinking it was going to be a small fire. Once we got to the fourth floor, we realized it was a pretty big fire," Rodriguez said in a phone interview Friday afternoon.

Rodriguez and his partner banged on the doors of the apartments, waking up sleeping residents.

"Once they saw what was going on, they had no problem getting out of there," Rodriguez said.

Both men safely left the building when firefighters arrived, he said.

The fire was extinguished about 4 a.m., and the residents were allowed to return to their apartments, according to Fire Media Affairs.

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