2 killed in high-rise fire
A high-rise fire on Chicago’s south side this morning killed two men and seriously injured a woman.
The identities of the men have not yet been released. They died from injuries sustained in the fire.
Emergency rushed a woman to the hospital after finding her in the building’s lobby in cardiac arrest and resuscitating her.
The three alarm fire sent thick, black smoke rising above the South Shore skyline just after 8:30 Tuesday morning.
The fire likely began in a bedroom of a 7th floor condo. And though the flames began to lick the outside of the floor above, the smoke, caused the worst problems for neighbors.
190 firefighters and 90 pieces of equipment came to the scene, the massive response a sign of how serious this fire was, and how much worse it could’ve been.
While some residents were brought to a warming bus, others, didn’t have time to grab a coat or shoes. They were given blankets and rushed down the street to escape the brutal January cold.
There was some confusion for residents this morning, because this building was built before a 1975 ordinance mandating them, there was no PA system installed to give instructions. A plan to update the system is filed with the city but work has not yet begun.
There is still no cause of this fire being released.