Archive for category Fatal fire

Fatal fire in Maywood, 1-5-20

Excerpts from abc7chicago.com:

Maywood firefighters received multiple calls about a fire at a residence in the 100 block of 9th Ave. Sunday around 1:55 a.m. As they battled flames on the ground floor of the home, they discovered a man and a woman who were unconscious. Both victims were transported to Loyola University Medical Center, but despite doctors’ best efforts, 54-year-old Cedric Brown did not survive. His girlfriend remains hospitalized in critical condition, suffering from severe smoke inhalation. Brown was a father of two.

It took firefighters 45 minutes to get the blaze under control, which investigators said appears to have begun in the front room of the first floor a little before 2 a.m. No other injuries were reported. Illinois State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire. Officials said there were no working smoke detectors in the first floor apartment.

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Fatal Still & Box Alarm fire in Chicago, 12-28-19

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The Chicago Fire Department’s 6th Battalion had a fatal still and box alarm this morning (12/28) on the 1900 Block of West 48th Pl. The alarm came in after 4:00 am. Here are some quick images from the scene.

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2nd floor engulfed in flames at night

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Working fire in Chicago, 11-23-19

This from Eric Haak:

Companies from Chicago’s 6th Battalion responded to the report of a house fire just before dawn on Saturday, November 23rd at 6545 S Oakley.  Per PD at the scene, the fire was already well advanced in the rear of the structure. Police officers were met with the report of someone trapped inside but could not make entry due to heavy smoke conditions.  A victim was eventually located and transported, succumbing to his injuries later that day.
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Fatal fire in Lake Barrington

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Firefighters from the Wauconda Fire District were called to a structure fire in the 1100 block of Oak Hill Road, a gated community of condominiums in Lake Barrington, at 4:46 a.m. Friday morning. When they arrived they found all the residents had escaped and there was one burn victim. Nothing was showing outside the building, but when firefighters entered they found heavy smoke on the second floor from a bedroom fire that they were able to extinguish with 200 gallons of water.

The victim was transported to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Barrington, by ambulance and then transferred to Loyola University Medical Center in Cook County. According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the 77-year-old woman died at Loyola University Medical Center at 3:50 p.m.

A family dog was rescued by firefighters and given oxygen.

Damage was estimated at $125,000 and the cause of the fire appears to be accidental. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office assisted by firefighters from Lake Zurich, Nunda Township, Barrington, Countryside, Long Grove, Buffalo Grove, and Lake Zurich investigated the fire.

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Fatal fire in Bensenville

Excerpts thedailyherald.com:

A man in his mid-80s was killed in a Tuesday morning house fire near Bensenville.

The man’s wife reported the blaze in the basement of the tri-level house on the 4N500 block of Church Road near White Pines Golf Club. Dispatchers received a 911 call at 8:23 a.m. Firefighters arrived at 8:30 a.m., met the wife outside the house and began battling the blaze which was quickly extinguished.

The man likely died from his injuries before firefighters were called, Bensenville Fire Protection District Chief Michael Spain said. The man had been confined to his bed for about 20 years, and fire officials had been to his house numerous times for medical emergencies. The fire was contained to that room, but there was smoke damage throughout the house. The structure was left uninhabitable.

The DuPage County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the blaze.

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Fatal fire near Urbana

Excerpts from the news-gazette.com:

An autopsy has been set for Tuesday to find the cause of death for a man found Monday in a burned mobile home in northeast Urbana. John Wagner, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:35 a.m. Monday.

Carroll Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Ron Vlach said firefighters were called to the home in the 0-100 block of Cedric Drive just before 4:40 a.m. and found smoke rolling out from underneath the structure when they arrived. They then found flames on the interior of the south side. The mobile home is a total loss, and the cause remains under investigation.

The Edge-Scott, Eastern Prairie, St. Joseph-Stanton, and Savoy fire departments all provided mutual aid, as did Arrow Ambulance.

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Aurora Township Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

A woman from an unincorporated area of Aurora Township was found dead in her home following a house fire Tuesday morning.

Kane County Sheriff’s deputies and Aurora Township firefighters were dispatched to a house fire with a person possibly trapped inside around 5:35 a.m. Tuesday at 1116 S. Sate St. in Aurora Township.

Due to the intensity of the fire, initial responders deputies and firefighters were not able to enter the home, which was fully engulfed in flames. Once it was safe to enter, firefighters found Tamara Garcia, 56, dead inside the home.

Garcia was the only occupant of the home at the time of the fire.

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Fatal fire in Elmhurst

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

At about 9:30 p.m., on Friday, DuPage County sheriff’s deputies and the Elmhurst Fire Department responded to a house fire on Willow Road. Firefighters removed one woman and two males from the home. They were dead.

The investigation is ongoing and the identity of the deceased is being withheld until the cause and manner of their deaths are determined.

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Fatal explosion and fire in Waukegan, 5-3-19 (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The body of one of two people still missing after Friday’s explosion at the AB Specialty Silicones factory in Waukegan was recovered Sunday afternoon. Crews found the missing man at approximately 2:30 p.m. in the rubble. The blast killed two others shortly after 9:30 p.m. Friday. 

On Sunday, machines moved heavy objects such as air conditioners and large pieces of the building’s roof, while others on the ground used shovels as they searched for the bodies of the missing people.

Another victim, Allen Stevens, 29, of Salem, Wis., died at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. Stevens was initially taken to Vista Medical Center East and transferred to Loyola where he was pronounced dead at 11:50 a.m. Saturday.

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Fatal fire in Chicago, 4-29-19

Excerpts from cltv.com:

A man was walking on 79th Street around 11:20 p.m. Monday when he noticed smoke and smelled burning. He knocked on the front door and heard a man inside, clearly in trouble. 

Firefighters responded to the fire at a home in the 7800 block of South Rhodes in the Chatham neighborhood. 50-year-old Rawlin Brown was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators blame an electrical issue for starting the fire.

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