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Fatal fire in Chicago, 4-29-19

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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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Fatal fire in Chicago, 4-2-19

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A 60-year-old man was critically injured and later died following an apartment building fire in the Rogers Park neighborhood. The fire started about 7:30 a.m. at the building in the 6600 block of North Sheridan Road. The man suffered burns in the fire, and was later pronounced dead. He was taken to Presence St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, initially in critical condition after the fire in the five-story building. After attempts to revive him, the victim died. No one else was injured and no one was displaced by the fire.

A cause for the fire had not yet been determined.


Fatal fire in Chicago, 3-22-19

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Five-year-old Katlyn Jefferies was found dead after she became trapped inside a burning Englewood home. Firefighters arrived just after 7 a.m. to the girl’s home in the 5800 block of South May Street and were told someone was trapped inside a burning brick two-flat. The girl’s grandfather said he was trying to kick in a door to rescue the girl, but he was stopped by a police officer who had arrived at the scene. Firefighters began searching for the girl as soon as they were told she could be trapped inside. The girl was found on a top bunk bed inside a bedroom on the first floor of the building and was pronounced dead on the scene.

It was unclear how many people were inside the building when the fire broke out, but fire officials believe at least three children were in the first-floor apartment. One child told officials they were woken up by a dog licking their face.

Firefighters didn’t find any working smoke detectors on the floor where the girl was found, but a working smoke detector was in the second-floor unit. The building did not have any recent code violations.

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Fatal fire in Chicago, 2-4-19

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Forty-eight-year-old Kathleen Gomez, a Chicago Public Schools teacher died Monday morning after a house fire in the 1800-block of South Peoria Street. Firefighters responded at about 2 a.m. and were able to extinguish the fire inside the two-story home a short time later.

The fire started in a living room on the second floor, the cause of which is under investigation. There were no working smoke detectors in the home.

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Double fatal fire in Chicago, 1-30-19

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Two people were killed in a house fire in the Back of the Yards neighborhood Wednesday morning. Firefighters responded at about 8:37 a.m. to a fire in a two-and-a-half-story home in the 2000-block of West 53rd Street.

A 16-year-old boy and 24-year-old were in the attic when firefighters said they became trapped and died. Authorities have not released their identities. Others in the house apparently tried to get to the victims.

The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation. CFD said there was not a smoke detector in the attic area.

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Fatal fire in Chicago, 1-30-19

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Firefighters were called to a house fire in the 8000-block of South Prairie Avenue after flames broke out after 1 a.m. Thursday where a 21-year-old woman was killed and 65-year-old man was critically injured.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 


2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 1-12-19

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2-11/EMS Plan 1 @ 4320 N Cicero, Now a 2-11. a 3 story occupied 1 civilian critical all companies working

fatal fire in a 3-story courtyard building in Chicago

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A man has died following an extra-alarm fire that started on the Northwest Side Saturday morning about 8:45 a.m. on the upper level of a large 3-story brick apartment building complex at 4820 West Hutchinson Street. Earlier, the fire department said the blaze, which was elevated to an extra-alarm, happened at 4320 N. Cicero Ave., but that was where several 911 calls came from.

One man was inside the apartment when the fire started. He was badly injured and later pronounced dead at Community First Medical Center.

This from Eric Haak:

Chicago fatal 2-11 apartment fire: At about ten minutes to 9:00 this morning, Chicago’s Main Fire Alarm Office gave a working fire response followed by a Still & Box Alarm to Hutchinson and Cicero. The fire was in a third floor apartment that was part of a 3-story, U-shaped courtyard building. The fire extended into the cockloft and was elevated to a 2-11. Shortly afterward the fire was brought under control. Unfortunately, there was a fatality with this incident.

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Fatal fire in Chicago, 1-2-19

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Chicago firefighters responded Wednesday to a fire on Chicago’s northwest side at around 3:54 a.m. in the 6400 block of Belle Plaine Avenue, in the Dunning neighborhood. The blaze broke out on the fifth floor of the building and was contained to one apartment.

First responders Firefighters rescued two people from the building who were taken to Community First Medical Center where the man, who was in his 80s, was pronounced dead. The woman was in serious-to-critical condition. 

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A 7-month-old baby boy was killed in a South Side house fire early Sunday, just one day after his parents got married. The baby’s father was in critical condition Sunday evening for injuries sustained in the fire. The boy’s mother and six other children – ages 1 to 17 — also escaped from the home.

The baby was identified as Treshawn Estes and the baby’s parents, Samuel (Tony) Estes, 51, and Shamekia Williamson, 37, were married on Saturday. They had a blended family of seven children. Samuel Estes sustained cuts, bruises and burns after jumping out of a second-floor window to escape the flames.

The fire broke out at about 2 a.m. in a home in the 1700 block of West 59th Street in the West Englewood neighborhood. Police on routine patrol were the first to help. Two officers went inside the home and one broke a window so they could get in.

When firefighters arrived, the first floor of the house engulfed in flames. Fire officials say the fire was accidental and started from a stove. It was immediately unclear if the home had working smoke detectors.

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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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