No Working Smoke Detectors in Fatal Chicago Fire

There were no working smoke detectors in a Chicago (IL) home where a man was killed in a basement fire yesterday.

The fire was reported at 3:47 a.m. in the Garfield Park neighborhood of the city, according to a Chicago Tribune report ( Firefighters arrived three minutes later and found flames in the basement and on the first floor.

Firefighters located the 57-year-old victim in the basement and removed him. He died from complications of smoke inhalation and was pronounced at an area hospital. Another 51-year-old man apparently escaped through the back of the home.

A firefighter was transported for a knee injury, but he’s reportedly in good condition.

Read additional details about the fire at

For more on the importance of having working smoke detectors, consider Smoke Detector Credited with Saving Three Lives and LOUISVILLE’S SMOKE DETECTOR PROGRAM.

For training info on firefighter response to basement fires, consider Basement Fire Strategy and Tactics, Time to revise basement fire tactics?, and BASEMENT FIRE REINFORCES BASICS.

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