At Least One Dead, Firefighter Injured in Chicago Fire

Chicago firefighters at scene of fatal fire
Firefighters respond to a house fire in the 2600 block of West Monroe Street on March 28, 2021. Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune

Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas

Chicago Tribune


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.

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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