Man killed on his birthday in South Side apartment fire

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CHICAGO — A man was killed on his birthday, and three others were injured, after an apartment fire on Chicago’s South Side.

Officials responded to a fire around 5 a.m. Wednesday at a two-story building on 70th and South Wabash in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood.

Upon arrival, firefighters said the second-floor of the building was fully engulfed — and believe that’s where the fire started.

Three people were rescued from the first-floor and transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center for treatment. Two of them were in serious-to-critical condition, likely from smoke inhalation.

Later in the search, a man, in his late 40s, was found dead on the second-floor.

Fire officials said there were no working smoke detectors inside the building.

The Red Cross has stepped in to help at least four people who are displaced due to the fire.

The ATF, State Fire Marshal, and CPD’s Arson detectives are all assisting firefighters in this fatal fire investigation.


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