07/11/2013 01:16 pm ET

Angry Girlfriend Set South Shore Fire That Injured 1 Child, 5 Adults, Police Say

Six people, including one child, were injured in a blaze on Chicago's South Side late Wednesday that police say was started by a woman arguing with her boyfriend.

Calling the blaze "suspicious," fire crews responded to the four-story building in the 7100 block of South Jeffery Boulevard started shortly before 11 p.m., ABC Chicago reports, according to fire officials. Crews were able to rescue people in upper units who were unable to escape the building.

Police said a 27-year-old woman started a couch on fire after arguing with her boyfriend, also 27, the Tribune reports.

A fire official told the Sun-Times the blaze was contained to one apartment, though it did spread to the hallway. “This building has 50 units, so a lot of residents ...The guys should be commended on the great job they did,” the spokesman said.

The Fire Department said in a statement that the fire "will be investigated as suspicious based on witness statements and evidence."

As of Thursday afternoon, the woman was in police custody, NBC Chicago reports; charges against her are pending.



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