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Off-Duty Cop In Critical Condition After Portage Park House Fire

November 12, 2018 - 5:59 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- An off-duty Chicago police officer was critically injured in a fire Monday afternoon in the Portage Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

The officer, a 54-year-old man who works in the Shakespeare District, suffered smoke inhalation when a fire broke out about 4:10 p.m. at his house in the 4000 block of North Mason, according to police and Chicago Fire Media Affairs.

He was rushed to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge before being transferred in critical condition to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, authorities said.

His dog also made it out of the home safely, and no other injuries were reported, authorities said.

The fire, which appears to have been started accidentally, caused “catastrophic damage” to the officer’s home, according to Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

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