Two people were killed and one other seriously injured this morning in a fire in a high-rise building in Chicago, Illinois.
All the victims suffered full cardiac arrest, presumably from smoke inhalation, reports the Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/10pEvGl). Two male victims were taken to the hospital and pronounced dead; paramedics were able to revive a female victim who had been found in the building’s lobby, and she was transported with serious injuries.
A firefighter suffered minor injuries in the fire, which broke out around 8:40 a.m. In freezing temperatures, 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. Water from hoses and hydrants turned to sheets of ice around the building.
Read more about the incident at http://trib.in/10pEvGl.
For more on incidents featuring similar fire suppression and rescue challenges, consider COLD WEATHER OPERATIONS, , Cold Weather EMS Operations, Drill of the Week: Cold Weather Emergencies, SEARCHING A HIGH-RISE BUILDING FOR TRAPPED VICTIMS, and High-Rise Firefighting Perils: Veterans’ Perspectives