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2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, 9-25-15 (more)

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A house fire that killed a young girl and injured eight people on the city’s South Side Friday night was caused by “careless use of smoking materials,” fire investigators said, and the fire began on a back stairwell and quickly spread. Because there were no working smoke detectors inside the home, 12-year-old Tatiana Joseph had no warning and became trapped.

Firefighters arrived at the two-and-a-half story house around 10 p.m. Friday to find heavy dense smoke and flames shooting out of the building’s roof as a group of children and teens were sleeping in the attic.

Witnesses say all of them except Tatiana jumped from a front window to safety after the back stairwell to the attic, which was littered with clothing, became engulfed in flames. By the time the fire was out, eight people were left seriously injured and Tatiana was dead. She was found near an attic closet. The most seriously of the injured was a 16-year-old boy who jumped to safety from the attic window. He suffered broken bones and deep cuts.

“There were a lot of firefighters on hand because we knew there was a little girl missing,” said Asst. Deputy Fire Commissioner Mark Nielsen, Chicago Fire Department.

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Chicago Fatal Still & Box Alarm, 1-7-15

This from Josh Boyajian:

Still and Box Alarm Fire @ 9105 s Crandon this afternoon. Fire was in a 1.5 sty split level home. Engine 46 had heavy fire showing on arrival thru the front of the building. There was a person trapped who did not make it out.
house gutted by fire

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firemen vent roof covered with snow

Josh Boyajian photo

firemen vent roof covered with snow

Josh Boyajian photo

house gutted by fire

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Local news briefs

Fatal house fire in Chicago 2-21-13. From the Chicago Tribune:

Fire officials say the fire broke out around 12:15 a.m. near the intersection of Waller Avenue and Iowa Street, and the upper floor of the building was engulfed by the time firefighters arrived.

“They had heavy fire on the second floor, heavy fire in the attic,” Deputy Fire Chief Don Hroma said. “The attic was totally involved.”

Witnesses said everyone in the house made it out except for Davidson. One person jumped out a window, they said. A man who suffered smoke inhalation was taken to West Suburban Medical Center in fair-to-serious condition, fire officials said.

The article is HERE.

Naperville firefighters rescue worker at Edwards Hospital. From the Daily Herald:

Naperville firefighters used a construction crane Wednesday morning to rescue a man who was injured while doing outside construction work on the roof of Edward Hospital.

The man, whose identity was not being released, was above the fourth floor of the west building about 8 a.m. when construction material fell on him and injured him, according to an Edward Hospital spokesman.

… Naperville Fire Department Bureau Chief Kevin Lyne said … firefighters climbed stairways and a construction ladder to get to the worker, then called for a specialized rescue team because of the limited access to the area.

That brought 10 additional firefighters to the scene at 801 S. Washington St. to work with the five who responded initially to bring the man to safety.

The article is HERE.

Thanks Chris and Dennis

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