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Fatal fire in Chicago, 11-22-22

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2-11 ALARM/MAYDAY HAS BEEN STRUCK-OUT BY 2-1-25 & EMS PLAN I SECURED. 1 Firefighter minor injury. CFD has confirmed 1 civilian fire fatality, from 1813 N Sawyer

Sadly, a fatality resulted from a fire at 1813 N. Sawyer St. Fire companies and Public Education will be on that block distributing smoke detectors and fire safety literature today at 2:00 pm. Please check your smoke and CO detectors to ensure they are functioning properly. 

Update. One firefighter being evaluated at Stroger after sustaining injury at the fire on Sawyer. The member is alert and comfortable. Should make full recovery.; #ChicagoFD; #fatalfire;

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Fatal fire in Hanover Park, 10-30-22

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Sunday, a fire was reported at approximately 3:52 p.m. in a residence in the 7300 block of Thornwood Street in Hanover Park. Two children were inside the home at the time of the fire and managed to escape.

When firefighters arrived, they found flames pushing from the back bedroom and smoke coming from the roof. Once crews were able to extinguish the fire, they entered the home and found a woman, who was pronounced dead.

The woman who died was identified as Jovenica Valencia, 83, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The two firefighters sustained minor injuries and were expected to fully recover.

While the fire is believed to be accidental, an investigation remains ongoing.

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Fatal fire in Cicero, 10-17-22

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A fire broke out after midnight in the 3100-block of South 53rd Street in Cicero on Monday. An 82-year-old woman was rescued from the fire, but a 62-year-old man believed to be her son died in the fire.

The victim was watching TV in the front room and officials said it appears the fire started in the basement right under that room. The man has been identified to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office as Dale Forst.

The family has five cats, with three of them accounted for and two still missing. The cause of the fire is under investigation but is believed to be accidental, possibly involving a candle.

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Fatal fire in Gary, 10-6-22

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Shortly before 9:30 PM Thursday night multiple calls came in for a structure fire at 635 W. Ridge Road in Gary.

On arrival crews were met with heavy fire on the second and third floors of the building which are apartments. Gary firefighters rescued multiple people from the second floor as neighbors and residents said one person was still inside.

The Lake County Coroner confirmed one individual did not make it out of the building. The identity of the victim is pending. The Indiana State Fire Marshal was also called out to the scene.

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Oak Forest Fire Department news

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Four people are dead after what police say was a domestic incident on Friday morning in which gunfire could be heard and the house where the suspect fled caught fire in Oak Forest.

Police say when they responded to the call, they found three people with gunshot wounds outside the house. The victims were rushed to area hospitals, where they were pronounced dead.

A person believed to be the suspect went into the house, which caught fire. After firefighters extinguished the blaze, police found the body of the suspect.

No information has been released about any of those who died or how the person in the house died.


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Chicago Fire Department news

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At about 4 a.m. on Saturday, firefighters were called to the 10500 block of South Forest Avenue for a fire on the second floor of the home. A 71-year woman was found unresponsive and taken to Roseland Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. She was identified as Patricia Farmer by the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

 A 77-year-old man that was also in the house was listed in critical condition at the same hospital. In addition, a firefighter was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital with a knee injury after a fall, and was listed in good condition.

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Fatal fire in Chicago, 6-26-22 (more)

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Three young brothers who died in a West Humboldt Park fire were trapped in a basement apartment with only one exit that was blocked by flames. A fourth boy remains in critical condition from the fire, which broke out early Sunday in the back of the apartment at 4032 W. Potomac.

The child’s mother was burned and inhaled smoke from the fire. Flames blocked the back door — the only exit — forcing the mother to break a window and escape. The mother remained incapacitated at a hospital while she recovers from burns to her face.


Firefighters responded at 12:20 a.m. and had to break through the apartment door, which was locked from the inside. Two children were found unresponsive in a room near the door, and the two other children were found on the other side of the apartment. Firefighters rescued all four of the children, who had suffered smoke inhalation.

Aiden Cruz, 5, was pronounced dead at Saints Mary and Elisabeth Medical Center. Jayden Cruz, 6, and Angel Rodriguez, 11, were hospitalized but later died. The fourth child remains hospitalized.

Investigators determined the fire was caused by an open flame in one of the back rooms, but everything beyond that remains under investigation. It’s unclear what set the fire, or if it was accidental.

Firefighters could hear working smoke detectors when they arrived at the home, but didn’t find any in the basement.

Property records show that the home had three apartments including the basement apartment, but it remained unclear if the basement apartment was built or operated legally since it had only one exit.

All four children were brothers who lived with their mother and her partner at the apartment. 

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Fatal fire in Chicago, 6-26-22

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A child has died and at least five other people are hospitalized after a fire broke out at a residence in the 4000 block of West Potomac early Sunday morning, and originated in the basement of the building. Firefighters got six people, including four children, out of the building. All six individuals were taken to nearby hospitals, and a child later passed away.

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Fatal fire in Calumet City, 5-30-22

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A woman was killed and seven others, including three firefighters, were injured after a fire in a Calumet City apartment building in the 200-block of Park Avenue Monday night..

Firefighters arrived on the scene and reported heavy fire on the second floor in a unit in the rear of the building, with flames extending to the seventh floor and the roof.

Four building residents and three firefighters were transported to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

 The building suffered heavy fire and smoke damage and it was not immediately clear how many people were displaced. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Fatal fire in Chicago, 5-25-22

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A young girl died after a fire broke out in an apartment building Wednesday morning in Roseland on the Far South Side. The child was found under debris in the bedroom of a second-floor unit of a courtyard building at 11035 S. King Dr. She was 2 or 3 years old. Firefighters tried to resuscitate the child but she was pronounced dead at Comer Children’s Hospital.

Firefighters had responded to several calls of a heavy fire coming from an apartment and a person possibly trapped inside. 

Two adults from the unit had escaped when firefighters arrived. The rear door of the unit appeared to be locked and someone may have jumped to safety from a window. There were no working smoke detectors inside.

The apartment was full of a lot of debris — furniture, objects that made it difficult to conduct the search.

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