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Chicago firefighters salute as firefighter Edward Stringer's body passes by them at the Chicago Medical Examiner's office, Dec. 22, 2010. A blaze at an abandoned building on Chicago's South Side left two firefighters dead and 14 injured Wednesday.
CHICAGO — As fires go, the one that broke out Wednesday in a small vacant building on the city's South Side was likely to be pretty routine for the Chicago Fire Department. Instead, it caused the deaths of two firefighters, trapped under debris with two others when a wall and roof collapsed, and injured 17.
In an eerie coincidence, it happened on the 100th anniversary of the Union Stock Yards fire, which killed 21 Chicago firefighters when a wall collapsed and stood as one of America's worst tragedies for firefighter deaths until the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Springsteen wrote "Into the fire" for the 9/11 first responders, but it's a fitting tribute to all firefighters, police and EMT personel who run into burning buildings.
“May your strength give us strength.
May your faith give us faith.
May your hope give us hope.
May your love give us love.”
~ Bruce Springsteen