By Rosemary Sobol
3:55 PM CST, February 21, 2012
Two women who were among seven people rescued from a burning building are recovering at a hospital in Evanston this afternoon following the West Rogers Park neighborhood blaze.
Fire department authorities say there is no reason to suspect foul play in the fire that started about 2:15 p.m. in the first floor apartment of three-story building at 1915 W. Granville Ave.
A woman in a back backroom of that apartment was rescued off a balcony, said Fire Dept. spokesman Joe Roccasalva. She had inhaled smoke and was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston in fair condition.
A 79-year-old woman who lives in the apartment above her also suffered smoke inhalation and was taken in serious condition to Saint Francis after firefighters helped her escape and assisted her down a ladder, Roccasalva said.
Five other upper-level residents were checked out on the scene by paramedics after firefighters used ladders to get them out, said Fire Dept. spokesman Kevin MacGregor.
The residence where the fire started is “totally demolished’’ said Roccasalva.
An EMS Plan I, which automatically sent at least five ambulances to the scene, was secured at 2:36 p.m. while a still and box alarm was also canceled a short time before that, Roccasalva said.
Roccasalva did not know if smoke detectors had activated and said the cause of the fire was under firstname.lastname@example.org
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