Chicago FF injured in fatal apartment blaze

Six ambulances were sent to the three-story apartment building that was engulfed in flames


Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas
Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — A least one person was killed and two others, including a firefighter, were injured in a fire Sunday morning in East Garfield Park, according to Chicago Fire Department officials.

Crews were called to the 2600 block of West Monroe Street about 9:15 a.m. for a working fire, according to Walter Schroeder, a fire spokesman.

A Chicago firefighter was injured and at least one person was killed in a blaze at a three-story apartment building on Sunday.
A Chicago firefighter was injured and at least one person was killed in a blaze at a three-story apartment building on Sunday. (Photo/Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune)

Soon after crews arrived, the severity of the call was upgraded to an EMS Plan One, which sent six ambulances to a three-story apartment building that had been engulfed in flames, officials said. Schroeder said any time a firefighter is injured, additional ambulances are requested.

Larry Langford, another fire department spokesman, said he didn’t have many details on the blaze, but he had received information that at least one person died.

Schroeder said there were heavy flames coming from the building’s first floor when firefighters arrived. One person was found dead in the building and one other person was pulled from the burning residence.

A firefighter was suffering shortness of breath and was taken to Stroger Hospital where he was in good condition, Schroeder said.

The person injured in the fire suffered from smoke inhalation and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital for treatment, officials said.

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