Four Firefighters Injured, Two With Serious Burns, In Englewood Blaze (VIDEO)

08/26/2011 10:50 am ET | Updated Oct 26, 2011

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Speaking at the Loyola University Hospital Friday, Chicago Fire Commissioner Robert Hoff reported the condition of the two severely injured firefighters as "improving," the Chicago Tribune reports. The firemen, both of whom are expected to survive their injuries, were identified as Capt. Thomas Ruane, 52, and Gerald Carter, 31. The other two firefighters injured in the blaze have since been released from the hospital.


Four Chicago firefighters were injured, two critically, while battling an attic fire in Englewood Thursday night.

One of the firefighters, a man in his 30s, has been with the force for than two years and remained in critical condition Friday morning. The second man, in his 50s, was in serious condition and has reportedly been with the department for more than 30 years. Both were taken to Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center in serious-to-critical condition for the burns, before being moved to the Loyola University Medical Center's burn unit.

The third injured firefighter was treated after fighting the blaze for exhaustion, while details of the fourth firefighter's injuries remained unavailable Friday morning, according to NBC Chicago.

At least eight residents of the house were displaced by the fire, which began around 6:45 p.m. Thursday, but were not injured, the Chicago Tribune reports.

An update on the firefighters' condition is expected later Friday morning. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.