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House fire in Chicago kills 2, 8-26-16

Excerpts from CBSlocal.com:

An overnight fire in the Back of the Yards neighborhood killed two people and hospitalized a third victim.

Investigators believe someone intentionally started the fire that occurred in the 5400 block of South Laflin and was struck out about 2 a.m. Saturday morning.

Officials confirm they found two people dead in the fire, but their identities were not disclosed. A third victim is in the hospital in critical condition.

The Chicago Police Department’s Bomb and Arson Unit are investigating the fire. There is no details yet of what caused the fire.

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Fatal fire in Chicago, 3-30-16

Excerpts from CBSChicago.com:

A woman was killed and a man was critically injured in an apartment fire early Wednesday in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. Firefighters arrived at the scene in the 1000 block of North Hamlin Avenue shortly before 1 a.m.

Witnesses heard explosions and windows breaking, and saw heavy smoke and fire coming from the second floor of the building, which has three apartments above a corner grocery store.

“As the Fire Department was coming around the alley, I seen somebody up in the window, and I was screaming to them, ‘There’s somebody in the building still. There’s somebody up there.’ So I could hear fire department, like,‘Where? Where?’ and I’m like, ‘In the window,” so all of a sudden they just started running up to the roof and breaking all the windows,” Jose Cedeno said.

Firefighters found a 72-year-old woman on second floor. She was taken to Norwegian American Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.  A 74-year-old man also was found on the second floor, suffering from smoke inhalation. He was rushed to Norwegian in serious to critical condition, but his condition had stabilized by later Wednesday morning, and investigators were questioning him about what might have started the fire.

“We found heavy fire on the second floor. During a primary search, Tower Ladder 14 and Truck 36 found two victims,” Fire Department Deputy District Chief Jack Nagle said.

Nagle said smoke detectors were found in the hallway and in the rear apartments, but some of them were not working.

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2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 9-25-15

This from Josh Boyajian:

Last night (9/25/15), the EFAO put out a Still & Box Alarm at 51st and Carpenter. Engine 50 arrived to find a 2.5-sty, wood-frame with heavy smoke showing. They lead out two lines and Truck 18 went to the roof. Due to the amount of fire in the attic and with the stair wells burned out, companies were pulled out and went defensive until the bulk of the fire was knocked down. Unfortunately, companies found a victim in the attic after the fire was out. Here are a few shots, my whole gallery is HERE

scene of a fatal fire in Chicago

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Chicago firemen battle a fire at night

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Chicago firemen battle a fire at night

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heavy fire and flames through the roof of a house at night

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Chicago firemen battle a fire at night

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Chicago FD Engine 123

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Chicago 3-11 Alarm fire 11-9-14 (more)

More images from Steve Redick of the 3-11 Alarm fire 11-9-14 

fireman with deck gun at fire scene

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Chicago FD Engine 89 working at a night fire scene

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Chicago firefighters on aerial ladder with heavy fire and smoke

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fireman with deck gun at fire scene

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Chicago FD Engine 89 working at a night fire scene

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Chicago FD Engine 89 working at a night fire scene

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Chicago 3-11 Alarm fire 11-9-14 (more)

Images by Steve Redick from last night’s 3-11 Alarm fire at 5727 N. Kimball.

Chicago firefighters on aerial ladder with smoke

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Chicago firefighters on aerial ladder with heavy fire and smoke

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Chicago firefighters on aerial ladder with heavy fire and smoke

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Chicago firefighters on aerial ladder with heavy fire and smoke

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Chicago firefighters on aerial ladder with heavy fire and smoke

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Chicago fire engine at night fire scene

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Chicago 3-11 Alarm fire 11-9-14

This from Steve Redick at the fatal 3-11 Alarm fire in the 5700 block of North Kimball Avenue this mornign

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Fatal high-rise fire in Chicago 1-22-13

A 2-11 Alarm fire today at 6730 South Shore Drive also required an EMS Plan II. The Chicago Tribune reports:

Two men died and a woman was seriously injured when an extra-alarm fire broke out in a high-rise on South Shore Drive this morning.

All three victims suffered full cardiac arrest, apparently from breathing in smoke, according to Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.

One of the men was in his 30s and the other was in his 40s, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The first man was pronounced dead at 9:54 a.m. at the University of Chicago Medical Center and the other was pronounced later at Jackson Park Hospital,  officials said.

The men were found on the seventh floor and the woman was found in the lobby of the building in the 6700 block of South Shore Drive, also in full cardiac arrest, Langford said. Paramedics were able to revive her with CPR and took her to the University of Chicago Medical Center, Langford said.

A firefighter suffered minor injuries, officials said.

The fire broke out around 8:40 a.m. and was quickly raised to a 3-11 alarm with a call for at least 10 ambulances, officials said. Firefighters on a ladder battled the blaze on the seventh floor while firefighters on another ladder tried to reach residents on balconies on the other side of the building.

Langford said the fire may have started in the bedroom of an apartment on the 7th floor. The blaze spread to an apartment on the 8th floor, he said. The fire was under control by 9:25 a.m

The fire department did not order an evacuation of the building, telling residents it was safer to stay in their apartments, Langford said. Firefighters then went door to door, checking on them.

Water from hoses and hydrants had turned to sheets of ice around the building. Dozens of fire trucks, ambulances and police cars lined South Shore Drive.

The entire article with video is HERE.

Several photos can be found HERE.

Another article is HERE.

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Fatal fire in Chicago 12-29-12

From the Chicago Tribune:

One person died and a 5-year-old girl suffered burns to her entire body during a fire in the Lawndale neighborhood that lasted only a few minutes early Saturday, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

An adult female died in the fire, fire officials said, with the other three victims still reported in critical condition. The Cook County medical examiner’s office has not been notified.

The 5-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy, with burns to 35 percent of his body, were taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County from their home in the 4200 block of West 21st Place.

A total of six people were taken to area hospitals, four in serious-to-critical condition. Police said the six were all from the same family. The fire broke out after 4:30 a.m.

The first responding engine didn’t see any fire but found one victim on the front lawn, said Chicago Fire Department District Chief Peter Van Dorpe. But the fire “vented,” meaning a window blew out and fed the fire oxygen, and immediately spread through the first floor.

Van Dorpe said the first battalion chief at the scene called an EMS Plan 1, for an extra five ambulances, and escalated the alarm to bring more firefighters to the scene.

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Double Fatal Chicago Still & Box Alarm Fire 2-11-12

Chicago firefighters responded to a house fire on Saturday at 10728 South Prairie. They rescued a 66-year old woman, but did not find a young boy in the attic. The Chicago Tribune reports:

Firefighters were called to the 1 1/2 story frame home about 10 a.m. and found smoke and flames coming largely from the basement of the home, said Fire Department spokesman Kevin MacGregor. The fire was traveling up the inside of the home’s walls rapidly, he said.

A boy was found dead in an attic crawlspace several hours after firefighters rescued a woman from a Roseland neighborhood house fire this morning, fire officials said.

A woman, 66, was rescued from the home in the 10700 block of South Prairie Avenue, but the boy, believed to be age 7, was found in an attic crawlspace by fire investigators several hours after the fire was extinguished, officials said.

The article can be found HERE.

An updated article reported that the boy:

Omariontae Tucker died of carbon monoxide intoxication and inhalation of smoke and soot from the fire, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The office ruled the boy’s death an accidental death, officials said.

This article can be read in it’s entirety HERE.

The most recent updated article from this morning states that the grandmother has died.

The fire that claimed a 7-year-old boy over the weekend also killed his grandmother, who died at a suburban hospital on Sunday afternoon, officials said.

An autopsy was scheduled for this morning for Barbara Scott, who was rescued from a home in the 10700 block of South Prairie Avenue Saturday morning, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office and fire officials.

Medical examiner’s officials said Scott was 61, while officials initially said she was 66.

This latest article can be found HERE.

Tim Olk was at the scene and submitted several images.

Chicago Fire Department Still & Box 10728 South Prairie fatal fire 2-11-12 boy's body overlooked by firefighters

Firefighters work to ventilate the roof. Tim Olk photo

Chicago Fire Department Still & Box 10728 South Prairie fatal fire 2-11-12 boy's body overlooked by firefighters

Smoke escapes from the living room windows as fire breaks through the outside wall. Tim Olk photo

Chicago Fire Department Still & Box 10728 South Prairie fatal fire 2-11-12 boy's body overlooked by firefighters

Heavy smoke pushes out the front of the house as firefighters enter. Tim Olk photo

Chicago Fire Department Still & Box 10728 South Prairie fatal fire 2-11-12 boy's body overlooked by firefighters

Truck 27 in sector 1 went to the roof. Tim Olk photo

Chicago Fire Department Still & Box 10728 South Prairie fatal fire 2-11-12 boy's body overlooked by firefighters

Firefighters standby out front for an additional assignment after the bulk of the fire was knocked down. Tim Olk photo

Chicago Fire Department Still & Box 10728 South Prairie fatal fire 2-11-12 boy's body overlooked by firefighters

Truck 27 was able to setup directly in front of the house. Tim Olk photo

A gallery with more of Tim’s images from this fire can be viewed HERE.

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