Resident rescued from Mount Prospect apartment fire

A resident was rescued from a third-story balcony of a Mount Prospect apartment building during a fire that left 12 apartment units uninhabitable Monday.

Rescue crews used a ground ladder to reach the resident whose apartment began filling with smoke from a neighboring unit that was on fire, according to fire officials.

The fire was contained to the third-floor unit in the building at 715 W. Central Road, but fire officials said the rest of the building sustained smoke and water damage.

One Mount Prospect firefighter suffered a minor injury during the blaze and was treated at Alexian Brothers Hospital, said Mount Prospect Batallion Chief Henry Dawson.

It took firefighters about 30 minutes to bring the fire, which started about 5:20 p.m., under control, Dawson said.

The Red Cross was at the scene Monday night helping residents of the 12 apartments find a place to stay.

Early estimates placed the damage to the building and contents at roughly $300,000, Dawson said.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Monday night.

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