1 injured in Englewood fire, home destroyed

CHICAGO -- First responders were on the scene of a fire in the city's Englewood neighborhood Tuesday afternoon that left one person injured and a home destroyed.

Officials said the fire was in the basement of a two-story single family residence on the 6100 block of South Wolcott Avenue. The fire broke out around 3:30 p.m.

The person injured was taken to Holy Cross Hospital for smoke inhalation and second and third degree burns.

Another person, Timothy Jones, 49, was able to escape with the help of his niece.

"I was asleep. If she hadn't woken me up, I would be dead," he said.

The fire department had trouble accessing the basement because “of a hoarder type of situation."

The family living in the building had been living in the neighborhood for over 40 years.

Officials have not said what started the fire.

Extra crews were brought in to rotate the firefighters to minimize exposure to the elements due to the frigid temperatures.

An early morning fire on the 700 block of South Keeler tore through a building hospitalizing a 62-year-old resident, George Sanders, and claimed the life of his 86-year-old friend.

Tawana Sanders said her father's friend was staying with him. They were all together celebrating Christmas only hours before the fire started at about 1:30 a.m.

Fire officials said no working fire alarms were found after the smoke cleared. They said it is too early to determine a cause for the fire.