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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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Fatal 2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 8-26-18 (more)

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Officials said a ninth child has died after a fire in Little Village on Sunday, as investigators try to determine a cause for the fire that happened around 4 a.m. Sunday during a sleepover in a second-floor unit of a coach house in the 2200 block of South Sacramento Avenue, where older siblings were watching over the younger ones.

The children killed ranged in ages from 3 months to 16 years old. Three of the victims have been identified as Ariel Garcia, 5, Xavier Contreras, 11, and Nathan Contreras, 13. Cesar Contreras, 14, was identified as the ninth victim.

Chicago’s Bomb and Arson Squad, the Office of Fire Investigations and the ATF are looking into the cause and have ruled out electrical and will most likely rule out arson. Officials are looking at fireworks remains that were on the back porch and smoking material including cigarettes. The building failed four of seven inspections in the last three years.

On Monday, firefighters handed out smoke detectors for free to everyone on the block where the tragedy happened.

“When we lose one life, its too many lives,” said Chicago Fire Department Deputy Chief Annette Nance Holt. “So today, it’s even more critical because we lost eight people to a fire and that’s unheard of in the city of Chicago. We haven’t lost this many people, I can’t even count back to when we lost this many lives, and these are young people.”

A memorial for the children with crosses, stuffed animals and balloons is growing  near the scene of the tragedy. A GoFundMe has been set-up to help the family cover burial costs.

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Fatal 2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 8-26-18

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Eight people were killed in Little Village on Sunday morning — including at least six children — in what officials said was the deadliest city fire in a decade. A teenager and a young adult also were rushed to hospitals in very critical condition, and a firefighter was hospitalized in good condition.

The fire struck a home where a group of siblings and cousins were attending a sleepover. 

Late Sunday, authorities had not released the names and ages of the victims. Krystle Sauseda, 31, who said she was an aunt of many of the victims, said they included four siblings from one family, three siblings from another family and an unrelated teen who was a close friend to the group.

Firefighters were called just before 4 a.m. Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt said investigators had not found working smoke detectors. Fire officials were still working to determine the cause of the fire, aided by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. They determined the blaze started in an enclosed porch at the back of the rear building.

The fire was the deadliest in Chicago in more than a decade, but it could have been avoided if smoke detectors had been in use.

“It was not hard to get out. The fire started in the rear, and the entryway to the front was wide open,” Langford said. “Had they been awake or if someone had woken them, they would have gotten out.”

Community groups and churches are trying to raise at least $120,000 as the close-knit Little Village neighborhood responds to a horrific fire over the weekend that killed six children and two adults. The victims have not been officially identified, but relatives said the children ranged in age from 3 months to 16 years old. Two boys, both 14, remain in critical condition at Stroger Hospital.

At least two GoFundMe campaigns have been launched to help affected families. One, by the community group La Villita Chi, had raised $5,637 of its goal of $20,000 as of Monday morning. On its GoFundMe site, the group said donations could also be dropped off at the Amor De Dios Church at 2356 S. Sawyer Ave., not far from the fire.

Another group, Enlace Chicago, had raised $2,635 of its goal of $100,000. The group, which sponsors educational, health and anti-violence programs, is also collecting donations at 2329 S. Troy St. and 2756 S. Harding Ave.

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Fatal fire in Chicago, 8-4-18

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At about 2:30 p.m., Chicago firefighters responded to a house in the 6900-block of South Artesian. The fire was burning in the basement. Firefighters were told that a child was missing and they were able to pull him from the house. The 3-year-old boy was not breathing when he was found and transported to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The fire was started by an electrical panel that had an unauthorized modification, according to a fire department tweet. 

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