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Aurora police save 5 people from house fire;  1 seriously injured – NBC Chicago

Police in Aurora rescued five people who became trapped in a burning house early Saturday morning, according to a press release.

At around 6:12 a.m., the Aurora dispatch center received a call regarding a reported structure fire in Block 0-100 of Jackson Street – with people trapped inside.

Police officers arrived at the scene and found several residents hanging outside two windows on the second floor amid thick smoke, the Aurora Fire Department said in a press release.

Officers located a ladder in the yard and used it to rescue the victims.

Shortly after, firefighters arrived at the scene, began to extinguish the blaze, then entered the structure to search for other victims, authorities said. After entering the basement, firefighters found a man who was unconscious and not breathing.

He was rushed to hospital in critical condition.

Two other men, 33 and 47, along with two teenage girls, 14 and 15, were taken to hospital with minor burns and smoke inhalation, authorities said.

One of the police officers who helped rescue the victims was also treated for light smoke inhalation.

A total of eight people were displaced by the blaze, according to fire officials.

It is not known if an arson is suspected, but the cause remains under investigation by arson investigators from the Aurora Police Department and investigators from the Aurora Fire Department, with assistance from the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal.

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