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Decatur Fire Department news

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Karla L. Dillon died at 8:44 a.m. in a fire in the 1700 block of North 33rd St. in Decatur. The Decatur Fire Department said it was called just before 7 a.m. Saturday and a neighbor told firefighters that someone was inside the house. Smoke and fire were evident from the outside when firefighters arrived on the scene. They extinguished the fire in the living room and searched the house, finding the occupant in a hallway.

One dog also died, and another was revived with a PET mask. Three cats had hidden in a crawl space and also survived. 

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Crystal Lake Fire Department news

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One person is dead after a fire in a home in Crystal Lake Monday.

Fire officials said they were called to a home in the 600-block of Sussex Lane just after 4 p.m. by police officers, who said there was a fire both inside and outside the home where firefighters saw police taking a victim out of the front door of the home. The victim was taken to Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital where he died of his injuries.

Firefighters extinguished the flames, but said the home was extensively damaged. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Richton Park Fire Department news

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A 75-year-old woman was pronounced dead soon after being pulled from a house fire Monday in south suburban Richton Park.

Firefighters responded to the blaze about 4:45 a.m. in the 4400 block of Maple and found the fire had spread to multiple rooms of the single-family house, Richton Park Fire Chief Rodney Wilson said.

Joanne Dahlman, who lived at the home, was located and taken out of the house. Paramedics attempted CPR, but she was pronounced dead at the scene. The Cook County medical examiner’s office said she died from carbon monoxide toxicity and her death was ruled an accident.

A firefighter was injured when he slipped while fighting the fire, but had been treated and released from a hospital as of Tuesday. No other injuries were reported.

A cause for the blaze was not immediately known. An investigation by the state’s fire marshal was ongoing, but there was no reason to believe the blaze was suspicious, Wilson said.

The fire took about three-and-a-half hours to put out and the house was deemed uninhabitable, Wilson said.

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Fatal 2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 8-26-18 (more)

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The death toll from a Sunday morning fire in the city’s Little Village neighborhood rose to ten Tuesday afternoon after a teen died at Stroger Hospital. The tenth victim was identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner as Adrian Hernandez, 14. Hernandez died at 11:12 a.m.

The ninth victim, who died Monday night, was 14-year-old Cesar Contreras.

Authorities have identified the other eight victims as 5-year-old Ariel Garcia, 11-year-old Xavier Contreras, 13-year-old Nathan Contreras, 16-year-old Victor Mendoza, 3-month-old Amayah Almaraz, 3-year-old Alanni Ayala, 10-year-old Giovanni Ayala and 5-year-old Gialanni Ayala.

The blaze broke out in a coach house in the 2200-block of South Sacramento Avenue. A neighbor came home around 4 a.m., saw the smoke and called 911.

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Fatal 2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 8-26-18 (more)

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Officials said a ninth child has died after a fire in Little Village on Sunday, as investigators try to determine a cause for the fire that happened around 4 a.m. Sunday during a sleepover in a second-floor unit of a coach house in the 2200 block of South Sacramento Avenue, where older siblings were watching over the younger ones.

The children killed ranged in ages from 3 months to 16 years old. Three of the victims have been identified as Ariel Garcia, 5, Xavier Contreras, 11, and Nathan Contreras, 13. Cesar Contreras, 14, was identified as the ninth victim.

Chicago’s Bomb and Arson Squad, the Office of Fire Investigations and the ATF are looking into the cause and have ruled out electrical and will most likely rule out arson. Officials are looking at fireworks remains that were on the back porch and smoking material including cigarettes. The building failed four of seven inspections in the last three years.

On Monday, firefighters handed out smoke detectors for free to everyone on the block where the tragedy happened.

“When we lose one life, its too many lives,” said Chicago Fire Department Deputy Chief Annette Nance Holt. “So today, it’s even more critical because we lost eight people to a fire and that’s unheard of in the city of Chicago. We haven’t lost this many people, I can’t even count back to when we lost this many lives, and these are young people.”

A memorial for the children with crosses, stuffed animals and balloons is growing  near the scene of the tragedy. A GoFundMe has been set-up to help the family cover burial costs.

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Fatal fire in Chicago, 8-4-18

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At about 2:30 p.m., Chicago firefighters responded to a house in the 6900-block of South Artesian. The fire was burning in the basement. Firefighters were told that a child was missing and they were able to pull him from the house. The 3-year-old boy was not breathing when he was found and transported to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The fire was started by an electrical panel that had an unauthorized modification, according to a fire department tweet. 

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2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 7-8-18 (more)

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A boy died after suffering injuries in a morning fire at an apartment building on the city’s South Side in the 1400 block of W. 67th Pl. at about 10:30. The boy, who died at Comer Children’s Hospital, was identified as 3-year-old Maqkwone Jones.

A firefighter was taken to Northwestern Hospital after being overheated while battling the blaze.

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Fatal fire in Evanston, 1-23-18

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Evanston firefighters rushed to a home around 5 a.m. in the 1300 block of Oakton Street, where they found the three-story building in flames. The fire had started on the top floor of the building.

Firefighters struggled to make entry on the top floor and were forced to enter through the back of the building, though they noted that the fire was extinguished quickly. 

A 65-year-old man was pulled from the building and taken to St. Francis Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. Later, Evanston fire officials reported the man had died. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

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Fatal fire in Elgin, 1-21-18

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Elgin firefighters called to a home in the 400 block of Sadler Avenue about 6:40 p.m. Sunday found heavy smoke upon arrival. Initial reports indicated two people were in the mobile home but it was determined the second resident was not home at the time.

A man found by firefighters searching the house  was transported to Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin, where he was pronounced dead. The Kane County Coroner’s Office is investigating the death. Two dogs perished in the fire.

The fire was ruled accidental after officials determined that heat tape being used to prevent pipes from freezing overheated. Elgin fire investigators received assistance from investigators from the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Damage to the mobile home was estimated at $30,000, with additional losses to personal property.

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Fatal fire in Addison, 1-22-18

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Addison firefighters responded at 2:27 a.m. to a report from a bystander of a fire in the 700 block of South Ellsworth and found the blaze in a one-story, single-family home. Parts of the roof and ceiling had collapsed and crews could not enter areas of the home due to the fire’s large volume. No operating smoke detectors were heard inside the home.

Two people were found dead in one of the home’s rooms, and had not been identified Monday morning.

The Addison Police and Fire Protection District arson investigators, as well as the State Fire Marshall, are investigating the cause of the fire.

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