Firefighter, 42, dies after battling South Chicago blaze

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Dan Capuano

2001 photo of Dan Capuano. Photo credit: Chicago Fire Department.

CHICAGO – A firefighter has died after falling through the second floor while battling a warehouse fire in South Chicago.

The fire department has since cleared the scene. The firefighter had to be pulled from the scene by crews who performed CPR before sending him to Christ Hospital. The firefighter, Dan Capuano, 42, was later pronounced dead.

Capuano was injured about 20 minutes after crews were called to a vacant warehouse at 92nd and Baltimore about 2:40 a.m.

Capuano was a 15-year veteran of the department. He leaves behind a wife and three children.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Chicago Buildings Department is headed to the scene to determine how safe the structure is.

Capuano worked out of the same fire house as one of the firefighters who was killed in the line of duty back in 2010. Corey Ankum, 34, died just three days before Christmas after the roof of an abandoned laundromat caved in during a fire. A second firefighter, Edward Stringer, was also killed in that fire.

To donate to Capuano's memorial fund, click here.

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