On Wednesday, firefighters reacted to a high-rise apartment building fire on the city’s South Side, battling flames on numerous floors as snow fell.
According to Chicago authorities, one person has died, and six have been taken to hospitals.
The deceased person was discovered in the flat where fire officials suspect the fire started, according to Sophia King, the local alderwoman.
According to her, five of the six people transported to hospitals were in good health; one older woman was being monitored more closely.
King reported that despite being in good health, one firefighter was being evaluated for injuries on the scene.
Bright orange flames could be seen on various floors of the building in the Kenwood district on video taken from the outside.
The windows on at least nine floors appeared blasted out, and there were burn scars all around the window frames.
Many of the tenants of the building, according to King, are elderly.
I’ll admit that when I initially approached, I was horrified, and my heart sank, she stated.
However, the situation has been under control after speaking with the authorities and first responders.
As more snow fell, Barbara Joiner, a 69-year-old resident, and several nearby residents stood outside the building.
Joiner claimed to be desperately attempting to contact another woman living in the burning building area for whom she is the caretaker.
She recalled her shock at first seeing the flames outside and said, “Oh my God.” These flames continue to spread.
The building’s 18th story was where the fire was first discovered, according to posts on social media by the Chicago Fire Department, shortly after 10 a.m.
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