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updated: 1/23/2013 4:00 PM

Victims of Chicago high-rise fire helped in rescue

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Associated Press

Two men killed in a fire at a high-rise building on Chicago's South Side helped rescue an elderly woman and tried to stop the blaze.

The Cook County medical examiner identified the victims as 50-year-old John Fasula and Jameel Johnson, who was in his 30s. The Tuesday fire injured one other person and drove residents into frigid temperatures.

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Authorities and relatives say both men were working in the building. They went to assist a resident in her 70s after hearing her screaming. Authorities say they got her to an elevator and sent her down to the lobby. She collapsed and was transported to a hospital.

The two men, meanwhile, used fire extinguishers to try to put out the blaze.

Both suffered smoke inhalation and were pronounced dead at hospitals.

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