Two Dead and One Hurt in Chicago Fire

Two men died and a woman was seriously injured when an extra-alarm fire in Chicago (IL), reports the Chicago Tribune.

All three victims suffered full cardiac arrest, apparently from breathing in smoke, according to Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.

One of the men was in his 30s and the other was in his 40s, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The men were found on the seventh floor and the woman was found in the lobby of the building, also in full cardiac arrest, Langford said.

Paramedics were able to revive her with CPR and took her to the University of Chicago Medical Center, Langford said.
A firefighter suffered minor injuries, officials said.

The fire broke out around 8:40 a.m. and was quickly raised to a 3-11 alarm with a call for at least 10 ambulances, officials said. Firefighters on a ladder battled the fire on the seventh floor while firefighters on another ladder tried to reach residents on balconies on the other side of the building.

Langford said the fire may have started in the bedroom of an apartment on the 7th floor. The fire spread to an apartment on the 8th floor, he said. The fire was under control by 9:25 a.m.

The fire department did not order an evacuation of the building, telling residents it was safer to stay in their apartments, Langford said. Firefighters then went door to door, checking on them.

Water from hoses and hydrants had turned to sheets of ice around the building. Dozens of fire trucks, ambulances and police cars lined the street.

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