Four people were injured when a fire spread quickly through an apartment building Tuesday morning.
The fire started around 5:30 a.m. at a courtyard building at 714 E. 82nd St in the Chatham neighborhood on the city's South Side.
The fire was quickly raised to a 3-11 and extra ambulances were called to the scene.
When firefighters arrived, they saw several residents hanging out their windows.
"They had people hanging out the windows," Fire Chief Michael Fox told reporters. "And they had one person who already jumped into the alley."
Three people were rescued.
"I ran to the back door and saw smoke. The only option I had was to jump from the window, said Quincella Cooks. "By the time we got out, everybody was already outside. It was very scary. We've never been through anything like this before."
The fire may have started in a second-floor stairway, which is now destroyed.
The flames spread throughout the four story building and shot through the roof.
"I opened my door, I saw the smoke everywhere," said Henrietta Ofili. "I grabbed my baby, I knocked on my neighbors' door and we got out."
Four people were taken to the hospital. One of them is in critical condition.
The cause of the fire in under investigation.
But a police source tells WGN News that they are talking to a person of interest for what they say is a suspicious fire.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times