1 dead, 3 critical after Belmont Central fire

Chicago News

CHICAGO — One person was killed and three others, including a firefighter, were hospitalized after a fire in the Belmont Central neighborhood early Thursday.

The Chicago Fire Department responded to a fire on the 3100 block of North Marmora Avenue around 2 a.m. Thursday. Fire officials said the fire started in the basement of the two-floor apartment building.

Two men were transported to Resurrection Hospital after receiving burns and one of them was later pronounced dead.

A woman was taken to Loyola Medical Center after receiving burns on her body, and the firefighter was taken to Community First Medical Center and then transferred to Loyola. All of the victims were transported in critical condition.

Annette Nance-Holt, Chicago fire commissioner, said the firefighter had been with the department for one year.

One neighbor said they were woken up by the high winds and smelled something burning from a couple of blocks away.

Thanks to their dogs, Matthew Balbuena, his sister Sarah and their parents escaped the flames.

“We’re very happy that we’re all safe especially since our dogs woke us up,” Sarah Balbuena said. “Especially that one Chloe — she’s the one that woke us all up and saved the day for us.”

Firefighters have not determined the cause of the flames. No further information was provided.

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