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Firefighters in Harvey battled 3 fires — 2 on same block

Harvey fires

Harvey firefighters responded to a fire in the 14600 block of South Halsted Street around 12:10 p.m. on July 14, 2017. The blaze, which started in a vacant house, eventually spread to another vacant home next door. Shortly after crews arrived at the scene of the two blazes, an official said, they received a call of a third fire in the 14500 block of Union Avenue.

(Warren Skalski / Chicago Tribune)

A firefighter received a minor injury while battling one of three fires in vacant Harvey homes Friday afternoon, fire officials said.

The East Hazel Crest firefighter was taken to Ingalls Hospital, where he was treated for an ankle injury, Harvey fire department spokesman Sean Howard said.

Harvey firefighters were dispatched to the 14600 block of South Halsted after receiving a call around 12:10 p.m, Howard said. The blaze, which started in one vacant house, eventually spread to another vacant one next door, Howard said.

Shortly after crews arrived at the scene of the two blazes, Howard said they received a call of a third fire in the 14500 block of Union Avenue.

Along with Harvey, six other fire departments assisted in extinguishing the blazes, Howard said.

While the buildings were empty and there were no injuries, Howard said officials suspect arson as a possible cause.

Howard added that neighbors and residents in the area reported seeing a man emerge from in between the two vacant homes after the flames initially erupted.

"It’s not normal to have multiple fires in a 7-mile town almost simultaneously," Howard said.

He said police brought in persons of interest that fit witnesses’ description, but no arrests have been made, Howard said.

Harvey fire and police officials are investigating the incidents, and Howard said the fire department is working with the arson unit to see where the fire started.