Morton Grove police officer injured while putting out fire at condo building

A Morton Grove police officer was injured while putting out a fire at a condo on the night of Jan. 17 in the 6300 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Morton Grove Fire Department District Chief Dan Gallagher said the officer used a fire extinguisher to extinguish the fire, caused by an air fryer. The officer was treated for smoke inhalation and was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where he was treated and released.

According to Police Commander Dennis Johnson, no other injuries were reported, and the fire did not appear to be suspicious or criminal. He said the officer saw flames coming from the condo’s balcony and entered the building and the condo unit.

Gallagher said the air fryer was on the condo’s balcony during the blaze and that no damage was done to the building.

Johnson said the resident was home at the time of the incident, and was allowed to stay in the condo after the fire was put out.

Because the incident was deemed non-criminal, Johnson said the officer’s name would not be released.