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WASHINGTON PARK, Ill. – A single firefighter battled a massive fire in Washington Park early Thursday morning.

The fire occurred in a vacant home in the 5700 block of Westmoreland around 1:30 a.m.

A lone firefighter managed the truck, hose and other operations to contain the fire for 20 minutes until other area departments arrived to assist.

Last summer, seven firefighters were laid off in Washington Park, leaving only the interim fire chief. The layoffs were a part of budget issues in the village.

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Police evacuated the nearby home, and no other injuries have been reported.

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