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Families are homeless following huge fire at Normandy apartment complex

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(KMOV) --- Families are without homes and a man is in the hospital after a five-alarm fire Saturday morning.

The fire started around 7 a.m. in one of the buildings at the Norwood Court Apartments at 7236 Norstead Walk.  The fire was through the roof when the first fire crew arrived at the location.

By 10:45 a.m. the fire was under control but not out.  Firefighters remained at the scene well into the afternoon. 

The fire department reports only one minor injury.

Roderick Mitchell lost his leg a few years ago when a drunk driver struck his car. He lived on the second floor of the building where the fire started.

Mitchell says he hobbled down a flight of stairs trying to escape but fell down because the smoke was too powerful.

A neighbor pulled him out to safety, but his prosthetic leg was left in ashes.

Mitchell is currently at DePaul Hospital being treated for smoke inhalation.

A help station has been set up McKinley school in Northwoods for those who need assistance.  The Red Cross is taking care of at least 25 families that have been displaced.

Investigators say the fire started in a kitchen.

The fire department is still investigating.

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