2 dead in ’suspicious’ fire in Chicago’s Garfield Ridge neighborhood
Officials are investigating a suspicious fire in which two men died Saturday morning on the city's Southwest Side. According to police, the fire broke out shortly before 10 a.m. at a structure on the 5200 block of South Lorel Avenue in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood, according to Officer Janel Sedevic, a Chicago police spokeswoman. Sedevic said two men were discovered unresponsive inside the building.
2 dead in suspicious fire on Southwest Side
Chicago Police Department arson detectives are investigating a suspicious fire in which two men died in the morning Aug. 29, 2015, on the city's Southwest Side. (Marwa Eltagouri / Chicago Tribune)
The two men, ages 63 and 28, were the only people in the house at the time, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. A child also lived in the single-family home, he said, but had stayed somewhere else overnight.
The younger man was identified on Sunday by the Cook County medical examiner's office as Joseph Vela. The identity of the older man has not been released pending notification of his family. An autopsy conducted on both men on Sunday was inconclusive, according to the office.
Firefighters responded to the scene after receiving several calls from neighbors. They arrived within three minutes and weren't able to gain entry right away, said Chief Paul Foertsch, a district chief with the department.
Firefighter injured battling Silvis house fire
A firefighter is recovering in the hospital after stepping on a live wire while battling a house fire in Silvis Friday evening.
A call came in around 5:30 p.m. of a house on fire at 14th Street and 5th Avenue in Silvis.
At least four fire departments responded.
Local 4 News is told no one was home at the time of the fire. The family is on vacation in Florida, and has been informed their house won't be livable for awhile. However, the home is not considered a total loss.
Approximately $60,000 of damage to the house is estimated, mostly to the exterior. Two cars were totaled.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.
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’Devastating’: Blaze Tears Through Historic Chicago Bowling Alley
One of Chicago’s oldest bowling alleys, Lincoln Square Lanes, was engulfed in flames early Monday morning on the city’s North Side.
Fire officials said the three-alarm blaze started around 1 a.m. in the 4800 block of North Lincoln Avenue.
The fire started on the second floor of the historic building, which featured the newly remodeled bowling alley on the second floor and a hardware store on the first floor. The roof of the venue collapsed in the flames.
At one point, a mayday was called for a missing firefighter, but fire officials said that firefighter was later accounted for and was looked at at the scene.
"Shortly after that elevation of the alarm, there was a report of a firefighter missing," said Deputy Fire Commissioner Anthony Vasquez. "A mayday alarm was called at that time. They thought a member was missing but he was just unaccounted for and safe."
Two firefighters were hospitalized with minor injuries, according to Chief Juan Reyes.
Resident pulled from burning garage in Colona
A man narrowly escaped injury Sunday when a detached garage caught fire in Colona.
Witnesses say the fire started around 11:30 am in the 400 block of Maple Street.
The owner of the house was in the back part of the garage, working on his tractor, when the front caught fire, according to witnesses- that's when the man's wife and two neighbors pulled him away from the flames and across the street, to safety.
"[I] Heard a lound boom and saw a bunch of smoke coming from the garage across the street, flames were coming out of the garage door and off the roof and everything. And he was just on the ground at the back of the garage. So we grabbed him and carried him around the house and carried him across the street," sais Jim Haley, a witness.
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