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Joggers discover Elgin house fire that injured man

Updated: January 17, 2014 6:22AM

ELGIN — Joggers alerted Elgin firefighters to a house fire Saturday morning that led to a man being taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood for further treatment.

According to Capt. Robb Cagann, the runners spotted smoke before 9 a.m. as it was coming from a house in the 100 block of Sheridan Street and a shoeless woman screaming in front of it.

The joggers ran the short distance to Station 6 on West Chicago Street, where an officers meeting was taking place.

Cagann said crews were at the scene within two minutes, and the woman told them her boyfriend was still in the two-story, single-family home.

Firefighters found the man unconscious, and paramedics took him to Presence Saint Joseph Hospital. The man later was taken to Loyola for further treatment related to smoke inhalation.

Cagann said the fire was contained to a chair and a small portion of the wall and floor near it. The cause of the fire remained under investigation, and the preliminary damage estimate was $7,000 to $10,000.

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