Illinois personal injury – Five-alarm fire broke out in Chicago high-rise; 12 people injured

Legal news for Illinois personal injury attorneys. A high-rise apartment building fire killed 1 and left seven residents and five firefighters injured.

Illinois personal injury attorneys alerts- An apartment building fire injured seven residents and five firefighters.

Chicago, IL—A five-alarm fired broke out in a high-rise apartment building in Streeterville. The 12: 45 a.m. blaze caused one fatal injury as well as 12 other injuries, which included five firefighters and seven residents. Over 200 residents of the 44-floor building at 260 E. Chestnut St., evacuated into streets in the single-digit weather, on Thursday, December 10, 2009, as reported by Chicago Breaking News Center.

Three hundred firefighters rushed to the scene in the bitter cold to extinguish the five-alarm blaze. The intense inferno ignited in Apartment 3601, where it grew so intense that it broke glass and shot out the side of the 37th floor of the building, and made its way to the back of the building. The blaze is still under investigation, and it is still unknown what set the fire. Besides an unfortunate fatal injury acquired by an elderly woman who made the 911 call reporting the fire, a man in his 50’s was the most seriously injured. He was transported via ambulance to Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. A 105-year-old woman was also amongst the injured and was carried by firefighters to safety. Northwestern Memorial Hospital reportedly treated 10 of the 12 injured victims. The residents appeared to be suffering from injuries related to smoke inhalation. It was not disclosed what types of injuries the brave firefighters sustained. The fire unfortunately displaced ten residents. The American Red Cross is currently providing assistance to the displaced residents. Fire officials are reportedly conducting a full investigation into the five-alarm inferno.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for Illinois personal injury lawyers.