Fire on Marshfield Avenue

Chicago firefighters clean up after a blaze in the 6400 block of South Marshfield Avenue in Chicago. (Eric Clark, for the Chicago Tribune / January 18, 2013)

Two men who were rescued by firefighters were taken to a hospital this morning from a South Side house fire, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

The blaze erupted about 9:15 a.m. at a 2-story home in the 6400 block of South Marshfield Avenue in the West Englewood neighborhood and raced through the home's first and second floors, according to Will Knight, a fire department spokesman.

Two men were rescued, said Knight. One was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in serious to critical condition while the second victim was taken to Saint Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center in fair condition, said Knight.

Crews found both men in the kitchen during their first search of the building, a Chicago Fire Department battalion chief told a WGN-TV reporter.

The chief said the fire started on the second floor, according to WGN.

Knight said the blaze started about 9:20 a.m. and crews began leaving the scene after putting out the fire about 11 a.m.

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