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2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 2-8-21 (more)

More from the 2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 2-8-21 by Tim Olk:

Chicago Fire Department fatal 2-11 Alarm fire at 8032 S Hermitage and 8028 S Hermitage

One person died in a 2-11 Alarm fire at 8032 S. Hermitage in Chicago 2-8-21

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Double fatal fire in Chicago, 1-21-20

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Chicago firefighters responded about 9:15 a.m.Thursday to a blaze that engulfed a two-story home in the 500 block of North Lawler Avenue. The fire was extinguished within 20 minute. A rear portion of the home collapsed while firefighters worked to extinguish flames.

Crews found a woman, dead in the home’s attic, and later uncovered a man dead on the second floor. Their names and autopsy results haven’t been released by the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

A man who survived the fire jumped from a second-story window and went to Stroger Hospital. He was in good condition with a leg injury.

Investigators had not determined a cause yet, but were looking into the fact that gas had been shut off to the building, and that the home may have been using electric heaters.  The home had no working smoke detectors.

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Fatal fire in Chicago, 1-6-21

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A 6-year-old boy died in a fire Wednesday night in the Altgeld Gardens neighborhood. A neighbor noticed the blaze in the Far South Side row house in the 13000 block of South Evans Avenue about 9:45 p.m. and rescued four children before firefighters arrived. But the neighbor was unable to enter the second-floor bedroom where the fire started.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames and searched the room’s top bunkbed, where they found the 6-year-old unresponsive. The 6-year-old was rushed from the home  to Roseland Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The fire appeared to begin in the bunkbed where the child was found. But it’s still unclear what caused the fire.

The boy’s four siblings — ages 1, 4, 5, and 13 — were uninjured, according to police, who said the children were left home without adults. The house had working smoke detectors.

State welfare officials are investigating the child’s death.  They had prior contact with the boy’s family.

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Fatal fire in Chicago, 1-5-21

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Corina Nieves, 44, and her two pets died in a fire Tuesday morning that broke out about 9:35 a.m. in her third-floor apartment at 4443 N. Lawndale Ave. Someone outside the building saw smoke coming from her bedroom window and called 911.

Firefighters put out the fire and found the woman unresponsive in her bed. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her cat and dog were found dead under her bed.

The fire was contained to her apartment.

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Double fatal fire in Chicago, 11-26-20

A house fire at 4216 N Kildare in Chicago on 11/26/20 resulted in two deaths.

From CFD Media on Twitter:

4217 N Kildare still and box alarm. Cfd on scene ,2.5 story frame. Full engulfed. 1 provides being evaluated. Reports of people traped. Cfd working

4217 N Kildare all companies working. Will update ASAP.

Fire through the roof. Defensive operations at this time.

Corrected address of S&B is 4216 N Kildare. Unfortunately 2 DOA on scene 1 refusal. No other injuries or transports. Struck out at 1120.

Sadly two fire fatalities occurred last night on the 4200 blk of N. Kildare, The Public Education Div. along with the still companies from that fire will be distributing Smoke Detectors and Fire Safety Literature today at 10:00 A.M. 4-1-8.

smoke obscures a house on fire at night

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house engulfed by fire at night

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aftermath of house where two people died in a fire

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Two seniors were found dead Thanksgiving Day night in a fire in the Old Irving Park neighborhood. Officials said the fire was caused by careless use of smoking materials, and an oxygen tank in the home helped fuel the blaze.

The fire department said a still-and-box alarm was called for the fire the two-and-a-half-story frame house at 4217 N. Kildare Ave. The house was fully engulfed by fire.

The bodies of 85-year-old Robert Szalacha and 76-year-old Carol Szalacha were found at the scene around 9:21 p.m. and were pronounced dead by fire department personnel. An autopsy on Friday determined Robert Szalacha died of carbon monoxide poisoning and thermal injuries, and Carol Szalacha died of thermal injuries and smoke inhalation. 

Police said a 61-year-old woman was also in the house at the time of the fire, but refused treatment.

Flames were through the roof forcing firefighters into a defensive attack. The fire was extinguished at about 11:20 p.m.

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Fatal fire in Chicago, 11-22-20

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A 61-year-old man is dead and a 55-year-old woman is hospitalized after a fire started around 12:45 a.m. near 63rd and Honore streets in West Englewood early Sunday morning.

Lonnie McDowell was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman who survived is being treated for smoke inhalation. Seven other people living at the house are now homeless.

Following the fire, members of the Fire Department’s Public Education Division talked with people who live nearby and visited homes, giving out smoke detectors and fire safety literature.

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Fatal fire in Chicago, 10-3-20

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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.


Fatal fire in Chicago, 8-12-20

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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

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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.


Fatal fire in Chicago, 3-19-20

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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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