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Fatal fire in Chicago, 12-21-22

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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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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 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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Fatal fire in Chicago, 4-3-22

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A 3-year-old girl who in an apartment fire Saturday morning in Bronzeville on the South Side, has been identified as Story I. Chamba. She died of burns and smoke inhalation after being pulled from the flames.

The cause of the fire has been ruled to be incendiary, possibly caused by cooking on the stove.

The 3-year-old and her 13-year-old brother were home alone when the fire broke out early Saturday morning in the 600-block of East 43rd Street.

Officials said the children’s mother had been at work and was returning home as the fire department arrived, and found flames shooting out of the second-floor apartment.

A third-floor resident woke up to the sound of fire alarms and the smell of smoke.

Firefighters beat back the flames and were able to force their way into the building in an effort to rescue anyone still inside. The little girl was rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition but later died from her injuries. Her brother was not hurt.

Because someone died in the fire, firefighters returned to the neighborhood later in the afternoon to pass out smoke detectors and fire safety information.

No one else was hurt in the fire, probably because there were working smoke detectors inside the building at the time, officials said.

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Fatal fire in Chicago, 4-12-22

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Chicago firefighters responded around 6:50 a.m. Tuesday when smoke alarms went off in the hallway outside a third-floor studio apartment at 2322 N. Commonwealth Ave. They found a woman, in her mid-50s, in cardiac arrest and began CPR. Paramedics brought her to Saint Joseph Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The fire was contained to the studio apartment and there was no word of other displacements. There was a lot of smoke but little fire, and the blaze was extinguished quickly.

A preliminary investigation found that the cause of the fire was unattended cooking.

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Double fatal fire in Chicago, 3-31-22

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Just before 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening, Chicago firefighters responded to a house fire on South Homewood Avenue, just north of 115th Street in Morgan Park. Crews encountered several challenges that made the fire more difficult to control.

“There were barricades on the back door, like a 2×4, I guess to keep people out. Also there was also a lot of debris inside of the building which made the fire a lot more hectic to fight,” Chicago Fire Department Deputy District Chief Anthony Frazier said.

Inside, two men were found dead on the main level. The victims have not yet been identified.  

The fire was brought under control within 45 minutes. There were no working smoke detectors inside the home.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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Fatal fire in Chicago, 2-8-22

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An 88-year-old woman and 70-year-old man were found dead in an apartment fire early Tuesday morning in Chicago’s Old Irving Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side after CPD and CFD responded just before 2:30 a.m. to the 3600-block of North Kedvale Avenue for a reported fire in a two-story building there. The two bodies were found on the first floor of the building after firefighters had extinguished the blaze.

Fire officials said a mother and son living in the building didn’t have any heat for many months and were using space heaters to stay warm, and didn’t have any working smoke detectors. They were longtime residents in the building and were well-known on the block.

CFD said the home was overfilled with possessions and was hard to get around in. Frozen fire hydrants also complicated matters while they tried to fight the fire. 

Investigators are still working to determine an exact cause for the blaze, but their initial investigation shows smoking materials might have started it.



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