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WSPYnews.com photos by Mark Harrington.

When a fire ignited in a four-unit apartment building in Hinckley on Sunday morning, Gregory Olson made a quick decision for his neighbor, who is blind. 

At about 11:30 a.m. the two-story structure at Garfield and W. McKinley was ablaze, but the occupants were unaware until a neighbor across the street rang the doorbells. 

Part of the reason the residents were unaware was the fire was on the outside second floor area, already the blaze too large for a nearby garden hose to extinguish. 

But in the last three days, Olson wanted just one thing to be shared.

While the cause has been undetermined, the DeKalb County Housing Authority building has been declared uninhabitable. Inside the charred ruins, the smell of smoke lingering, a reminder of happier times contained in a damaged family photo.

Correction: this story has been updated to say the fire happened at Garfield Street and W. McKinley Avenue. An earlier version said it happened at Garfield and Chestnut. We regret the error.

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