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Officer rescues woman from townhouse fire

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OAK FOREST, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A police officer was injured while attempting to rescue a woman trapped in her townhome during a fire Monday in southwest suburban Oak Forest.

Firefighters responded at 8:41 a.m. to a four-unit building in the 5200 block of Woodland Drive, Oak Forest Fire Chief Terrence Lipinski said.

The fire was contained to the living room of a unit on the second floor, he said.

Oak Forest police officer David Kachlik attempted to rescue the woman from a second-floor unit, where the blaze apparently began, officials said.

The officer was overcome with smoke and seemed to be suffering from shortness of breath, and was transported to Palos Community Hospital, Lipinski said.

Firefighters were able to rescue the woman, who was conscious but suffering from minor burns, to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, Lipinski said.

The police officer was treated and released from Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights, Lipinski said.

The woman was home alone at the time of the fire, Lipinski said.

While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Lipinski said fire officials believe it began in a corner of a couch in the injured resident's unit.

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