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2 die in Chicago fires Tribune staff report February 18, 2008 CHICAGO Two people died in separate fires in Chicago over the weekend, fire officials said. On Saturday, a fire broke out about 10 a.m. in a three-story apartment building in the 800 block of West Barry Avenue in the Lakeview neighborhood. The fire started in the second-floor apartment, and it spread partially to the third floor and the rear porches of an adjacent building before being put out, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Kevin MacGregor said. Ryan Welch, 23, was found in a bedroom on the second floor and was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 10:44 a.m. Two other residents in the building were injured and were treated at the scene. The fire is under investigation, MacGregor said. Another fire killed one woman and critically injured another Sunday evening at a home in the Roseland neighborhood. The fire broke out in a basement bedroom of a single-family residence in the 10100 block of South Princeton Avenue, MacGregor said. Firefighters were able to put out the blaze in minutes, he said, but two women were found in the bedroom suffering from severe smoke inhalation. One of the women, who has not yet been identified, was pronounced dead at 6:33 p.m. at Little Company of Mary Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Another woman was taken to Roseland Community Hospital in critical condition. The building had smoke detectors on the first floor, but it was not clear if there were any in the basement, MacGregor said. The fire is under investigation.