3 firefighters injured in bakery blaze on Southwest Side

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CHICAGO — Three firefighters are recovering after an early-morning fire at a bakery on the Southwest Side.

The fire started before 12:30 a.m. Saturday in the 3000 block of West 41st Street in the Brighton Park neighborhood, according to authorities. The site was home to Chris' Bakery.

Several firefighters were trapped inside the bakery after wind slammed a door shut behind them. All three suffered burns and were taken to local hospitals in good condition.

"There was a lot of smoke everywhere," neighbor Hector Villalobos said.

According to Villalobos, it took firefighters 90 minutes to get the blaze under control. Smoke blanketed Brighton Park. No one was inside the one-story brick building when the fire broke out.

The building's owner, who did not want to be named, said he believes the fire started due to a problem with an oven’s pilot light. He bought the building a year ago with hopes of servicing his nearby grocery store.

“They kicked the door in, and black smoke cane out," neighbor Tim Stephens said. "They told us to get back. ... I had to take my kids out. I was supposed to go to work last night. I couldn’t ... because I needed to stay and see what was going on with my family.”

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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