Elderly man killed in fire, wife in critical condition

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This elderly couple has lived in this home for decades.  Family members tell me, the 89-year-old husband has died from his injuries.  Firefighters believe he was cooking when the fire started. His wife, now fighting for her life.

The call for help came in at 6:30 this evening, and when firefighters arrived, smoke was pouring out of this home in the 56-hundred block of south Mayfield

Firefighters say the 86-year-old wife was coming home, from visiting her daughter in Orland, when she noticed her house was on fire.

The woman went to a neighbor’s home for help, and then she went inside the home.

Once firefighters arrived, they found the husband unconscious, in a stairway of the home.

The 89-year-old was rushed to Christ Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

His wife was taken to McNeal hospital, in critical condition.

Battalion Chief George Gurrola, Chicago Fired Dept. says, “She noticed a fire in her kitchen, she ran next door for help then she turned around, went right inside to get her husband.

He was not breathing at that particular time when we found him inside the house and she’s hanging in there right now, fighting for her life.”

A neighbor, Kevin Rafferty says, “I tried to go in but the flames curled around from the kitchen and I opened up the front door and all the smoke came out so I can’t see anything. My eyes were burning up.”

Firefighters say the fire started on the kitchen’s stove.  It’s believed the husband was cooking at the time.

Live from Chicago’s Garfield ridge neighborhood, Courtney Gousman, WGN News.



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