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Fatal fire in Chicago, 4-26-23

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A 54-year-old woman was killed in a fire on the South Side Wednesday morning.

The home, on the corner of Princeton Avenue and 108th Street in West Roseland was fully engulfed by the time the call came in at around 6:40 a.m.

Upstairs, Marshall Lewis, who said he is a Cook County Sheriff’s sergeant, heard his smoke alarm going off and rushed to get out and call 911. He tried to save himself and his landlord, living downstairs.

The flames were so intense, it was hard to get to the victim inside. The 54-year-old woman, fire officials said, was found in her room.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Fatal Industrial fire in Lemont, 4-25-23

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An explosion possibly took place in an asphalt tank at the Seneca Petroleum plant in Lemont Tuesday morning. One person was killed in the fire and another was transported to Silver Cross Hospital.

OSHA officials said that both the person who died and the person who was injured were contractors on-site with M&J Industrial Services.

The Will County Coroner’s Office identified the man killed as 25-year-old Dru A. Worker of Homewood.

The sheriff’s office said multiple agencies responded, and the fire was put out after several hours. Fire personnel said it is not believed that any kind of hazardous material was released, and there is no danger to the public.

OSHA and ComEd were also called to the scene. Seneca Petroleum did not previously have any OSHA violations at the Lemont location.

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Fatal fire in Chicago, 4-23-23

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About 11 a.m. Sunday morning, Chicago firefighters responded to a fire at a home in the 3800 block of North Odell Avenue. A woman in her 70s was found and pronounced dead. Two others declined treatment at the scene.

The Cook County Medical Examiner identified her as 78-year-old Francine Matchitelli.

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Fatal fire in Orland Hills, 3-21-23

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A woman died after becoming trapped inside an Orland Hills home in the 8900 block of Beacon Lane at about 2 p.m. on Tuesday (3/21/23). The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office identified her as 41-year-old Jessica Maurer.

Police said a second victim was able to escape the home. That victim and three officers were evaluated on the scene.

The Orland Hills Police Department, the Orland Fire Protection District, and the Illinois State Fire Marshal are investigating the fire.

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Double fatal fire in Vernon Hills, 3-19-23; #fatalfire; #VernonHills; #CountrysideFPD;

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Multiple fatal fire in Chicago, 3-7-23 (more)

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In the last hours of her life, Summer Day-Stewart’s family held on to one consolation. Plans were made to donate her organs and those of her three young children who died in a house fire last week. Doctors said at least eight life-saving transplants would be performed.

Summer’s husband Walter, a Chicago firefighter, gave his wife CPR, but fire officials said her injuries and those of their children were too severe. 

Ezra, the middle child, had been diagnosed with autism and did not speak. But he always had a smile on his face.

Emory, the youngest, was just a toddler but already loved fire trucks and wanted to be just like his father.

Day-Stewart had close friends across the country, and memorials to the family are in the works in Chicago, Oregon, and California. 

The Chicago firefighters union is collecting donations for the family as well.

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Multiple fatal fire in Chicago, 3-7-23 (more)

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A house fire has claimed the lives of all four family members of Chicago Firefighter Walter Stewart. The fire broke out just after 9 p.m. in the 2500-block of North Rutherford Avenue on Tuesday night. Everyone inside the home suffered severe smoke inhalation.

The blaze claimed the lives of Stewart’s wife, 36-year-old Summer Day-Stewart, who died on Friday, as well as the couple’s 7-year-old son, Ezra Stewart, who died on Wednesday. The two remaining children, a 2-year-old boy and 9-year-old girl — who have been hospitalized since the fire — passed away Friday night.

Ignite the Spirit, a Chicago Fire Department charity, has established a fund to support the family.

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Chicago Fire Department news (more)

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A Chicago firefighter’s wife has died from her injuries days after her son was killed in a Northwest Side fire.

She has been identified as 36-year-old Summer Day-Stewart. Her 7-year-old son, Ezra Stewart, also died after the Montclare house fire on Tuesday night. Ezra died at 6:25 p.m. Wednesday at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

Two other children were critically injured in the fire, which broke out just after 9 p.m. in the 2500-block of North Rutherford Avenue. Everyone inside the home suffered severe smoke inhalation.

A deceased pet was also seen being removed from the home Wednesday morning.

Chicago fire officials passed out smoke alarms and fire prevention materials near where the fire occurred, as they always do after a deadly blaze. It’s a reminder to check devices and change batteries in the detectors, especially as we approach the time change weekend.

The home involved in the fire did have detectors.

Ignite the Spirit, a Chicago Fire Department charity, has established a fund to support the family.

Fire inspectors are working on determining the cause of the fire. Investigators wouldn’t say whether or not the fire was intentional as the cause remains under investigation.

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Chicago Fire Department news (more)

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A young boy who suffered smoke inhalation after the Montclare home he was in caught fire has died.

Ezra Stewart, 7, had been listed in critical condition after police and firefighters responded to a house fire at 2550 N. Rutherford Ave on Tuesday. The home belongs to a member of the Chicago Fire Department, who was on duty at the time of the blaze.

The firefighter’s wife, 34, and two other young children, ages 7 and 2, also suffered smoke inhalation, and they remain hospitalized in critical condition.

The firefighter, who heard the call come in through dispatch, was taken to the scene by a battalion chief and worked to perform life-saving measures on his family before they were taken to the hospital.

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Fatal fire in Lombard, 3-1-23

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Lombard firefighters were called to the 100 block of West North Avenue just after 6:15 a.m. Tuesday after neighbors noticed smoke coming from the residence. Upon arrival, they found a small fire in the kitchen.

While searching the home, firefighters found a person and a dog dead in the basement.

The fire caused roughly $100,000 in damage and its cause is currently under investigation. As of Tuesday afternoon the identity of the resident who died had not been made available

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