The deadly fire started just after midnight on the 200 block of East 24th Street.
When the Chicago Heights fire department arrived, the entire front of the home was engulfed in flames. Firefighters found the couple who lived there, they were pulled from the burning home and rushed to the hospital– but it was too late. 43-year-old Lamont Harrison and 47-year-old Lillian Harrison were pronounced dead a short while later.
The victim’s family members arrived at the scene Friday morning when they heard the news. They say the couple had lived there for more than 10 years; they have three adult children and several grandchildren.
According to the fire department Lemont Harrison was an amputee. No one else was home at the time of the fire.
Neighbors say the fire spread quickly, many of them called 911 immediately.
Courtney Wilson said it happened “within a couple seconds the fire escalated,” and that “the fire department came here quickly.”
Family members say the couple loved their children, and often looked after their grandchildren. The woman’s father, Charles, says she was always there for everyone in the family.
“She will be missed, there’s not a Christmas birthday– God don’t make no mistake, we have to move on with our lives.”
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but the fire chief says foul play has been ruled out. Investigators say there was no working smoke detector in the home.