1 Dead, Multiple People Injured in Kenwood High-Rise Fire That Climbed Vertically


A fire broke out on the 15th floor of a Kenwood high-rise building on January 25, 2023. (Chicago Fire Departments)A fire broke out on the 15th floor of a Kenwood high-rise building on January 25, 2023. (Chicago Fire Departments)

One person died and several people were injured after a fire broke out in a Kenwood high-rise Wednesday morning.

Shortly after 10 a.m. a resident of the 298-unit building in the 4800 block of South Lake Park Avenue called 911 to report a fire, Chicago Fire Commissioner Annette Nance-Holt said.

The fire broke out on the 15thth floor and started traveling vertically due to wind conditions. It came up to the 24thth plan, Nance-Holt said during a news conference.

One resident was killed in the fire and eight others were transported to area hospitals as “stables,” Nance-Holt said. Additionally, one firefighter suffered an orthopedic injury.

The fire was extinguished by 12:30, according to the Chicago Fire Department. Ambulances remained at the scene.

Because the high-rise is a “fire-resistant building,” some residents not near the flames have been told to take cover in place, which firefighters say is common in situations like this.

“It’s set up so that you can stay in your unit and still be safe… We don’t want people to self-evacuate because they put themselves in danger,” said Deputy Fire Commissioner Marc Ferman.


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