South Side fire critically injures 1

John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County

An early-morning fire in the Bronzeville neighborhood sent a male to the hospital in critical condition, authorities said.

The blaze broke out about 12:15 a.m. in a high-rise building in the 4200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue, fire officials said.

Fire officials enacted an EMS Plan 1, which automatically sends at least five ambulances to the scene, but firefighters managed to quickly put out the blaze before it spread beyond a single room, said James Mungovan, the Deputy District Chief for District 5 with the Chicago Fire Department.

The injured male was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in critical condition, officials said.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation as of early Sunday.

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