Two city firefighters were slightly injured early today battling a two-alarm house fire in the 3900 block of Belview Ave. near Garrison Boulevard.
Both firefighters were treated at the scene. Their names and assignments were not available.
Reported at 2:48 a.m., the fire went to a second alarm at 3:02 a.m. and was declared under control shortly before 4 a.m.
Officer Wayne Jones of the Northwestern police district said flames were shooting out of the second and third floor windows of the three-story shingle dwelling when he arrived on the scene shortly after the first of nearly 15 pieces of fire apparatus took up positions in the front and rear of the burning dwelling.
Fire investigator Capt. Dennis Howell said the cause of the fire remained under investigation.
Officer Jones said Willie Brown, a first-floor occupant, was seen standing on the front porch yelling to neighbors that the house was on fire but that he left the scene and was being sought. He did not appear to be injured, neighbors told police.
The officer said two second-floor occupants, Joyce Quaye, 46, and her son, Damon, 18, were not at home and that efforts were being made to contact them.
The third-floor was unoccupied.
Fire quickly raced throughout the second floor, causing extensive damage there and to the third floor.
The first floor suffered severe water damage.