Porch collapses on two cops at West Side fire that critically injured woman, 75

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At least one person is unaccounted for in a West Side fire that critically injured a 75-year-old woman and two Chicago police officers early Wednesday, officials said.

The two Ogden District officers were trying to get inside the burning home at 1249 S. Kedvale Ave. when the front porch collapsed on them shortly after 1 a.m., police said.

One officer, whose leg was caught in the rubble, was taken to Rush Hospital in good condition and has been released. The other officer was more seriously hurt and needed to be pulled from the burning debris. He was reported in serious condition at Mount Sinai Hospital.

A 75-year-old woman suffered burns and smoke inhalation, and was reported in critical condition at Mount Sinai, according to the Fire Department. The woman was later transferred to Stroger Hospital, police said.

Fire Cmdr. Walter Schroeder said one person might still be inside and initially, firefighters were not able to get into the building because they feared it could collapse. The flames had died down by 8 a.m., gas service was shut down and equipment was on the scene to assist with the search for the unaccounted person.

A wrecking crew was called to the scene so they can “meticulously take that building down,’’ Schroeder said.

During a news conference at the scene, fire officials said the police officers were already in the area and got there before firefighters when the “large” porch, 12-feet by 12-feet, collapsed.

“They went in to look for the second victim,” an official said at the news conference. “They kicked the front door in and the amount of fire and smoke came over them and that front porch came loose.”

The 75-year-old woman had escaped on her own and was outside, on the grass, when fire crews arrived.

The origin of the fire was unknown.

This is a developing story.

Check back for details.

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