Criminal investigation underway in Chicago firefighter’s death

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CHICAGO – A procession took place Tuesday morning for a fallen Chicago firefighter.

An ambulance carrying Daniel Capuano, 42, lead the procession to Blake Lamb Funeral Home in Oak Lawn.

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A criminal investigation is underway after a Capuano died early Monday morning while battling a fire.

He was a 15 year CFD veteran and a married father of three and hockey coach.  He died after battling a warehouse fire at 92nd and Baltimore.

A mayday call went out early Monday morning after Capuano fell through an elevator shaft from the second floor.

An ambulance escorted Capuano's body to the Cook County morgue after he succumbed to his injuries at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

According to the Chicago Building Dept, the building owners did not have permits for some the construction work, including that in the elevator. The case has been referred to the circuit court for prosecution.

Capuano was assigned to Tower Ladder 34 but had also worked part time for the Evergreen Park Fire Dept for the last 17 years.

Community members gathered to pray at  Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church on Monday night in Capuano's Mount Greenwood neighborhood. Outside the prayer service,  friends  from the Saint Jude Hockey Club tied purple and black ribbons around trees.

If you’d like to contribute to the memorial fund, you can find information here:

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