2 die in Chicago fires
Tribune staff report
February 18, 2008
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.
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2 die in Chicago fires
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1 Dead In North Side Apartment Blaze
CHICAGO (STNG) ― A 23-year-old man killed in an apartment fire on the North Side Saturday died of CO poisoning and smoke inhalation.
Ryan Welch was pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center at 10:44 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
About 10 a.m., crews responded to an apartment fire at 842 W. Barry Ave., Fire Media Affairs Chief Kevin MacGregor said.
An EMS Plan 1 response was called for the fire at 10:10 a.m. Welch went into cardiac arrest on the scene and was taken to Illinois Masonic in critical condition, but later died of his injuries.
An autopsy conducted Sunday determined he died of carbon monoxide poisoning and inhalation of smoke and soot due to an apartment fire, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
The blaze appears to have started on the rear porch of the three-flat building and worked its way through the second and third floors of the building, MacGregor said. The fire also started to spread to the rear porch of a neighboring building, but did not make it inside.
Two others were being treated on the scene, but were expected to refuse treatment, MacGregor said.
The fire was put out at 10:28 a.m. and everyone else in the building was either not home or made it out safely.
Investigators are working to determine the cause of the blaze, but it does not look suspicious, according to a Belmont Area detective.
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