Investigations into Cicero, IL apt. blaze that killed 7 reported underway

Legal News for Illinois Personal Injury Attorneys. Seven people, including a new born baby, were killed in an Illinois apartment fire.

Illinois personal injury lawyer alerts- Cicero Fire Department officials are investigating fatal apartment building blaze.

Cicero, IL (News)—Investigators are looking into what might have caused an apartment blaze that resulted in the death of seven people, including four children on Sunday morning, February 14, 2010. A Cicero Fire Department firefighter also suffered injury when a chimney collapsed on his head inside the building, leaving him in “guarded but critical” condition, according to information provided by WGNTV.com.

Though fire officials allegedly stated it is likely the fire was ignited on the back porch of the apartment building, located at 3034 S. Court, they also noted that until a full investigation into the blaze has been conducted, “Nothing has been ruled out.” Two adult victims were reportedly found near the porch area, which had been completely incinerated in the blaze. Five others, all sadly killed in the inferno as well, were found in the attic of the building which has a single stairwell as a means of escape. That stairwell, however, was allegedly blocked during the fire, trapping the victims inside.

The victims of the fire were identified as 20-year-old Byron Reed, 19-year-old Sallie Gist, 3-year-old Rayshawn Reed, 3-day-old Byron Reed, 16-year-old twins Elijah Gist Jr. and Elisha Gist, and 18-year-old Tiera Davidson. The Cicero firefighter injured in the residential blaze was identified as 39-year-old Dennis Sean Ahrens. Investigations into the fatal apartment fire are underway.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Illinois Personal Injury Lawyers.

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