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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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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 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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Firefighters on roof in heavy smoke

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2nd floor engulfed in flames at night

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Firefighters battle fire 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 house fire at night

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Firefighters battle flames at night

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Historic 4-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 2-14-62

This from Steve Redick:

I found my dad’s clippings of the 4-11 at 1365 E 70th St 2/14/62. As many of you may know this is the fire where Bob and Ray Hoff’s dad was killed. Since many were not old enough to recall this I am sending the clippings for your perusal. So many years later and the photos still bring tears to my eyes. Two wonderful families totally devastated.
Steve
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Fatal fire in Chicago, 4-29-19

Excerpts from cltv.com:

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

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

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.

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Fatal fire in Chicago, 3-22-19

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

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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