Two firefighters dead, 14 injured after roof collapse
December 22nd, 2010
11:28 AM ET

Two firefighters dead, 14 injured after roof collapse

[Updated at 11:27 a.m. ET] Two firefighters were killed and 14 others were injured after a building that was on fire collapsed, a Chicago Fire Department spokesman told CNN.

The two firefighters died from injuries they suffered while fighting the blaze.

Four firefighters remain in serious condition, spokesman Larry Langford said.

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[Updated at 10:22 a.m. ET] All firefighters are accounted for after a roof collapse at a fire on East 75th near Stony Island on Chicago's southside this morning, Larry Langford with Chicago Fire told CNN.

Several firefighters were trapped in the collapse. A dozen firefighters have been transported to local hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to serious. There are no confirmed fatalities at this point.

[Updated at 9:29 a.m. ET] Firefighters are using everything at their disposal to try to reach two colleagues that remain trapped under the rubble of a collapsed building in Chicago.

Video from the scene shows firefighters literally pulling brick-by-brick from the ground, filling white buckets with debris, lifting material on metal structures and trying to sift through as much material as they can while the snow continues to fall in Chicago.

[Updated at 9:10 a.m. ET] Dozens of firefighters are at the scene of a vacant building collapse searching through the lot's now-completely demolished structure for two of their colleagues who remain trapped inside.

Four men had become trapped inside the rubble while fighting the fire when a wall collapsed, but two of the were rescued.

Video from the scene shows crews battling snow, spraying hydrants and lifting planks of wood in teams as they dig through the rubble.

[Posted at 9:04 a.m. ET] Four firefighters became trapped inside a building this morning on the Chicago's south side after a wall collapsed and closed in on them, CNN affiliate WGN reported. At least two firefighters were rescued but two others were reported still inside, WGN said.

The fire broke out at 6:54 a.m. at a vacant warehouse CNN affiliate WLS reported. WGN reported the crew was having trouble with the hydrant, which may have been frozen. Ten minutes later a "mayday call" came in, signaling that firefighters were trapped.

Video from the scene showed dozens of firefighters frantically digging through charred rubble and using axes to try to separate material inside the collapsed building. An aerial view of the street shows a large gaping hole where the building stood with dozens of firefighters inside.

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  1. Tina D

    This is tragic, and no matter if it was an abandoned building or a two story family home these firefighters are heros. Having lost a family member a few months ago who was a member of the CFD, my heart and prayers goes out to the families of these two brave men. THEY ARE HEROS and we will never forget the price they gave trying to save others. God Bless.

    December 22, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. SFD 1042

    In my training I was taught all building are to be presumed occupied un less proven other wise. God bless my fallen brothers and there families.

    December 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. phil

    I am oftentimes overly critical of most anything. But for the life of me, I can't find ANYTHING wrong with what firemen do or don't do when they are fighting a blaze. These men and women have carte blanche in my book.

    December 22, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. phil

    I do wish they would use more inert foam though.

    December 22, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tom

    My prayers with the families of our lost brothers.

    December 22, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. KP(CFD)

    GOD BLESS ALL FIREFIGHTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ESPECIALLY OUR BROTHERS HERE IN CHICAGO AND THE FAMILIES OF THE BRAVE MEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES REGARDLESS OF THE BUILDING BEING VACANT OR OCCUPIED

    December 22, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. noeleen quinn

    so sorry to hear the sad new's this is dreadfull,thinking of you all at this time .

    December 23, 2010 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |
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