Archive for category Fatal fire

Fatal fire in Chicago, 10-3-20

Excerpts from abc7chicago.com:

A 64-year-old man was found in a basement apartment after firefighters extinguished a blaze shortly before 1:30 a.m. Saturday at a home a the 1600-block of South Homan Avenue, in Chicago. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Four people were also displaced as a result of the fire, police said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but it appeared to be accidental.

Chicago Fire Department officials will hand out free smoke detectors and fire prevention literature at 10 a.m. Saturday near the scene of the blaze.

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Fatal fire in Chicago, 8-12-20

Excerpts from nbcchicago.com:

Chicago firefighters were called to a home at around 4:16 a.m. in the 5700 block of South Washtenaw Avenue in the Gage Park neighborhood.

“Upon our arrival, companies encountered heavy fire in the back half of a two-story frame building,” Chicago Fire Department Deputy Chief John Van Dorpe said at the scene. “Initial encounter was everyone was out of the building, and then we had the report of one victim still unaccounted for in the building.”

In searching the home, firefighters discovered a 4-year-old girl unresponsive in a side bedroom on the first floor. She was taken to Holy Cross Hospital where she was pronounced dead. A firefighter suffered minor injuries in the incident and was taken to a hospital in good condition. There were nine other people in the hom, none of whom reported any injuries from the fire. The home was rendered uninhabitable, with all residents placed in other shelter.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Double fatal fire in Chicago, 8-6-20

Excerpts from abc7chicago.com:

Chicago firefighters pulled an 86-year-old woman and a man from a home about 1:10 a.m. Thursday in the 1000 block of North Parkside Avenue. The woman was taken to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, where she was pronounced dead. A man in his late 60s went in critical condition to Loretto Hospital where he died.

The fire was confined to a mattress inside the bedroom. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

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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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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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Firefighters battle flames at night

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