12 displaced after Christmas morning fire on Far South Side

Scene of apartment fire in Spartanburg

The freezing temperatures weren't the only problem for firefighters. When they went up to the front door of the home to investigate, they saw thick and black smoke billowing from the door frame. "We ran into three frozen hydrants due to the weather", said Chicago Fire District Chief of Special Operations Tim Walsh. The total loss is estimated at $40,000, according to the fire department. Eventually, they found a water source.

The fire was reported at about 11:45 p.m. on 270 King St. Firefighters responded quickly and extinguished the flames, said Dennis Leger, Springfield Fire Department spokesman.

"I was running around, trying to open the windows and everything to get the smoke out, but then they were evacuating and I said 'Oh no, I have to get my mother and son out of there, '" resident Susan Hilliard said. Twelve people have been displaced by the fire.

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A Vancouver man used a garden hose to try and douse a blaze at his house on Christmas Eve. Walsh said three people were injured, with two refusing transport and a third transported to a hospital in good condition.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Investigators estimate the damage is around $50,000.

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