CHICAGO — A woman was killed and three others, including a 7-year-old, were injured after a house fire near Midway Airport.
The boy was severely burned in the fire but neighbors say he is now recovering in the hospital.
The fire broke out just after 6 a.m. Monday in the basement of a residence in the 5720 block of West 64th Street in the city’s Clearing neighborhood. The boy’s 60-year-old grandmother died, according to Chicago fire officials. His 60-year-old grandfather is in fair condition and the boy’s 34-year-old mother is listed in critical condition.
Chicago fire officials thanked a good Samaritan and his dog, who official credited with rushing into the burning home to help before firefighters arrived.
Renaldo Vera said his pitbull ‘Chicago’ woke him Monday morning. He soon noticed his neighbors in need.
“He started barking at the window and he just kept barking,” Vera said. “Everything just happened so quickly. I just didn’t think. I acted.”
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Chicago police hailed Vera as a hero for his saving the 7-year-old boy.
“I just held him until the ambulance got there,” Vera said.
An investigation is underway, but officials suspect that the blaze may have started in the basement. The family had working smoke detectors.
Neighbors said the grandmother had lived in the home for 30 years.
“It’s very sad,” Vera said. “I believe anybody else would have done if they were in my shoes.”