Chicago officers save family from burning building on West Side

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CHICAGO --  A family on the West Side lost their home in an overnight fire Monday.

The greystone in the East Garfield Park neighborhood had been in the family for 50 years.

"They say it started in the kitchen somewhere," said Peggy Madison, a relative of the family.

Firefighters boarded it up after the fire forced the family, including three children ages five, two  and one-month out in the middle of the night.

Chicago police say officers were patrolling the area when they were approached by a woman who told them her family was still inside the burning building.

Linda Madison, who lives on the top floor of the two-flat building tells WGN she was reading her bible right around midnight, when officers started banging on her door, alerting her to the fire.

She made it out safely, the rest of the family was rushed to hospitals and treated for smoke inhalation.

The four officers who stepped also suffered smoke inhalation and were treated at Rush University Medical Center.

"I thank God they were there to get them out in the nick of time because this could have went a different way", said Madison.

The Red Cross has stepped in to help the family.  They're also working with their church and insurance company.


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