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Two Chicago firefighters killed; 17 hurt when building collapsed


CHICAGO (ABC) -- Two Chicago firefighters were killed and more than a dozen injured Wednesday after they became trapped in a building while battling a warehouse blaze.

Rescuers dug frantically to free the two, who were among at least four firefighters trapped inside the building. At least 17 other firefighters were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.


CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago fire officials sent out a "mayday" call after firefighters became trapped when a wall collapsed while they were fighting a blaze at an abandoned commercial building.

Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford confirmed that firefighters were unaccounted for at the scene on Chicago's South Side and that rescue crews were working to save them.

Later, three people were pulled from the building and rushed to hospitals. Dozens of firefighters at the scene continued to dig through the rubble, apparently searching for someone else.

There's no word yet on the firefighters' conditions.

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