2 women injured at Uptown retirement hotel fire

Two women were injured in an early morning fire at a retirement hotel in the city's Uptown neighborhood, officials said.

Firefighters took about 45 minutes to battle the blaze confined to a single room on the fifth floor of the 12-story Lawrence House, 1020 W. Lawrence Ave., officials said.

The fire was put out at about 1:30 a.m.

The victims, described as women in their 40s, were taken to Weiss Memorial Hospital in fair-to-serious condition for smoke inhalation injuries, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Quention Curtis.

Fire investigators remained on the scene to pinpoint the cause of the fire, which hadn't yet been determined, Curtis said.

The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago dispatched a team to help any affected residents.

Once a popular hotel and retirement residence for middle-class seniors, the 83-year-old art deco structure  is now one of the few remaining housing developments in Uptown that offers affordable rental units to seniors and impaired adults.




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