CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Police officers rushed to help people escape a house fire in Englewood after one officer spotted flames as he was driving by.
The fire started around 9:30 a.m. at a home in the 6700 block of South Normal Avenue. Police ran to the house, and started knocking on doors to get inside and tell everyone to get out.
READ MORE: FDA Authorizes First Antiviral Pill To Treat COVID-19
One officer found a man in his wheelchair trapped upstairs, and carried both him and the chair out to safety.
“Officer McCoy, he came and grabbed me. I don’t even know how he found me in that room full of smoke like that, and he found me, he got me down inside my wheelchair. So that’s a blessing that he could even get me down in the wheelchair like that,” Joseph Ortiz said. “I hope he’s alright. I hope he’s okay.”
Police said officers were able to help a total of four people to escape the fire.
READ MORE: Woman Sues Chicago Animal Care And Control, After Her Lost Dog Was Put Up For Adoption And New Family Won’t Give Him Back
Paramedics took one officer to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. Police said he is expected to be released from the hospital later in the day.
No one else was hurt.
The Fire Department hasn’t said how the fire started.
MORE NEWS: Bedford Park Blaze Is Put Out After It Engulfed Building Near Midway Airport