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Fatal fire in Chicago, 3-27-20

Excerpts from the ChicagoSunTimes.com:

Chicago firefighters responded about 12:30 a.m. to a building with more than 100 units in the 900 block of East 104th Street on Friday. The fire was out by about 1:40 a.m.  An 85-year-old man died at the scene and a 35-year-old, found in a separate apartment, was taken to a hospital in fair-to-serious condition suffering from smoke inhalation. At least 30 people were displaced.

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Fatal fire in Chicago, 3-19-20

Excerpts from abc7chicago.com:

A 59-year-old man was found dead in a fire .

Firefighters responded about 1:40 p.m. to a six-unit building in the 2600 block of S. Wells St. in Chinatown Thursday. Heavy fire was coming from the front window. Inside, firefighters found a man near the front of the building who was pronounced dead at the scene. The man was 59 years old and had burns on his body. The Cook County medical examiner’s office has not released his name or cause of death.

No one else was injured, and there was no working smoke alarm inside. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Fatal fire in Naperville 2-22-20

Excerpts from fox32chicago.com:

About 8:50 a.m.Saturday, someone called the Naperville Fire Department about an alarm sounding from a first-floor apartment in the first block of Olympus Drive. When fire crews arrived about five minutes later, they saw smoke pouring from the apartment and immediately entered. One person was found dead inside the apartment. The fire, which was burning in the bedroom, was put out within five minutes. No one else was inside the apartment. Investigators believe the fire was accidental, and police do not suspect any foul play.

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Fatal fire in Cicero, 2-4-20

Excerpts from Fox32chicago.com:

A 5-year-old boy and his grandfather died early Tuesday after a fire broke out in their home in west suburban Cicero, according to fire officials.

Just after midnight Tuesday, Cicero firefighters responded to calls of a fire at a home in the 4700 block of West 12th Place. Crews found the body of a 5-year-old boy and a man in a second-floor unit. At least four other residents were displaced due to the fire.

“This was a very difficult fire,” said Cicero Fire Chief Dominic Buscemi. “Our firefighters fought through the flames to get to the upstairs bedroom where we believed a man and a child and possibly others were located but we couldn’t save them. The child had a faint pulse but died at the scene. The grandfather was deceased in the burning structure and we were able to recover his body.”

One firefighter was taken to MacNeal Hospital with minor injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation but strong wind conditions are believed to have played a role in increasing the strength and size of the flames.

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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

This from Eric Haak:

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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Working fire in Chicago, 11-23-19

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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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