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Fatal fire in Rockford, 9-11-21

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A man is dead after a fire erupted in a home Saturday afternoon in the 1600 block of 9th Street in Rockford.

The Rockford Fire Department says the man was trapped inside at the fire room. When firefighters were able to reach him, he was already dead.

Another woman inside the home survived the fire and is being helped by the Red Cross for setting up emergency housing.

The fire remains under investigation but officials say it appears to be accidental in nature at this time.

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Fatal fire in Peotone, 8-14-21

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At approximately 12:22 a.m., on Saturday, August 14, the Peotone Fire Protection District. responded to a reported structure fire in a multi-family apartment building at 501 S. Schroeder Ave.

The first units arrived within five minutes of the initial dispatch and crews reported smoke showing from the second floor. Additional personnel and equipment were called.

Firefighters reported entering the second floor and found heavy smoke conditions. As crews searched, they found a victim deceased in the bedroom. The identity of the individual has not yet been released. A search of the remaining units confirmed no other people were inside.

Crews extinguished the fire and got the situation under control within 30 minutes.

Fire damage was contained to the apartment, but smoke and water damage extended throughout the other apartments. The Red Cross is assisting with the displaced residents.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Responding to the scene were crews from Manhattan, Monee, Beecher, Manteno, Frankfort, University Park, New Lenox, Mokena, Crete Township, Steger Estates, Wilmington, Bourbonnais, Crete, Country Club Hills, Grant Park, Richton Park, and Orland fire departments.

MABAS Division 19 Investigators, MABAS 27 Investigators, the Arson Investigators Task Force, and the Office of the State Fire Marshal Arson Investigator responded to conduct the fire investigation.

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Libertyville Fire Department news

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A Libertyville police officer on patrol spotted the fire just after 3:20 a.m. in the 100-block of Johnson Avenue on Friday. Libertyville firefighters and several other fire departments responded to the scene to extinguish the blaze.

Once the fire was put out and first responders firefighters searched the home, a deceased individual was found.

The Libertyville Police Department, Lake County Major Crime Task Force, Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office, Libertyville Fire Department, and Lake County Coroner’s Office are investigating the incident.

The individual’s identity is being withheld, pending notification of next of kin.

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Fatal fire in East St Louis, 8-6-21

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Five children died in a fire Friday morning in an apartment building in East St. Louis, Illinois. The fire started after the mother of the five children went to pick up another adult from work.

When she returned home, she tried to get the children out herself, but was unsuccessful. Four children were pronounced dead at the scene. The fifth child died on the way to the hospital.

The fire started at about 3:45 a.m. It is unclear if the building had working smoke alarms. The Illinois State Fire Marshal and the Illinois State Police Department are investigating the fire.

The children have been identified as Deontay Davis, Jr., 9, twins Heaven and Nevaeh, 8, Jabari Johnson, 4, and Loyal Dunigan, 2.

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Fatal fire in Joliet, 7-27-21

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The East Joliet Fire Protection District confirms lightning caused a smoky fire that killed an 85-year-old man Raymond Ziegler’s in Joliet.

“During the weather that we were having, the severity of the lightning it just hit and took the house with it,” said Deputy Fire Chief Matt Grohar, East Joliet Fire Protection District.

Neighbors told firefighters when they arrived that Ziegler lived alone in the home.

“There was furniture and many other obstacles that were in the house at the time which compromised getting in and success maneuvering inside,” Grohar said.

After a second search, firefighters found Ziegler. They said he died from smoke inhalation. He was a Korean War Veteran and had nine great grandchildren.

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Fatal fire in Lincolnwood, 6-7-21 (more)

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Here are photos from the box alarm Monday (6/7/21) in Lincolnwood at 6949 Karlov

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Fatal fire in Lincolnwood, 6-7-21

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One person has died after a house fire in Lincolnwood Monday where firefighters said the blaze was first reported in a garage, and flames quickly spread to the home in the 6900-block of North Karlov Avenue.

A male victim who was unresponsive when he was pulled from the home was rushed to St. Francis Hospital. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that he later died. Authorities have not released his identity. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Fatal fire in Schaumburg, 5-28-21

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Schaumburg police officers arrived at 6 Treebark Drive just after 9:20 p.m. Friday evening for a reported fire and observed flames and smoke emitting from the home. They found an 87-year-old man inside and were able to safely evacuate him. The man indicated his wife was still upstairs in the house. An officer attempted to proceed upstairs, but was overcome by heavy smoke and evacuated.

Firefighters arrived and later recovered the victim from upstairs. The 84-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 87-year-old man was transported to the hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. One officer was also transported for smoke inhalation and was later released.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined and remains under investigation.

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Fatal fire in Sauk Village, 4-18-21

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Sauk Village Fire Department and auto aid companies were dispatched around 8:47 p.m. and arrived to a heavy fire through the roof of a single-family residential home. One occupant was outside of the residence and said that his wife was still trapped inside the home. Firefighters tried to locate the woman but had to evacuate the home when heavy fire overcame the crews. One firefighter experienced a minor injury from a small explosion. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated and released. A female resident died.

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Double fatal fire in Chicago, 4-15-21

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Two people died after a fire in the Back of the Yards neighborhood after a fire broke out in the basement of a building located at 1434 West Garfield Boulevard just before 6 a.m. Two victims were taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition. Fire officials confirmed the two victims, a man in his 60s and a woman in her 50s, have both died.

A firefighter was treated for minor injuries.

Officials said there were no working smoke detectors. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

From CFD Media on Twitter:

Working fire/EMSPLAN 1 at 1434 W Garfield. Fire in basement. Fire is out. 2 transported to UofC critical condition.

1434 west Garfield. Both victims are deceased. A man and woman. No working smoke detectors. Cause under investigation.

CFD will distribute materials in the area of the fatal fire at 1434 Garfield at 10 am. Victims are a woman in her 50’s. And a man in his 60’s.

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