CHICAGO (CBS) – Police were first called to an apartment building in Lincoln Park on Monday for a gunshot victim nearby, then a fire broke out in the same building.
Police were called at 4:45 p.m. at the 2600 block of North Lake View Avenue with a gunshot victim. They found an unconscious person in an alleyway who was later pronounced dead, but it was not clear if that person had actually been shot.
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But right after, a fire broke out on the seventh floor of the building just above the alley at 420 W. Wrightwood Ave. It turned out that a stove was on fire.
As CBS 2’s Jermont Terry reported, much of the attention of first responders was focused on a top-floor unit where smoke was seen rising. The fire was quickly put out.
Several people were inside the building when it all happened.
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Firefighters and police rushed inside the building, trying to get everyone out to safety. A neighbor, Anthony Soltero, described the scale of efforts by officers to evacuate the building.
“There were officers in the stairwells, the fire escapes; they were knocking on doors, ”Soltero said. “I mean, it was a quickness. It was quick.
Four Chicago police officers were hospitalized for minor smoke inhalation. All were in good condition.
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As of Tuesday evening, police were still trying to determine what had happened with the man who was allegedly shot. Police and fire investigators continued to try to determine if this incident was related to the fire.