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At least one killed, several injured as fire spreads across multiple floors of Chicago skyscraper

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At least one person was killed and eight others injured in a fire that triggered an emergency alert in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago’s South Side on Wednesday morning, officials said.

The fire broke out on the upper floors of a high-rise apartment building at 4850 South Lake Park Avenue around 10 a.m. and spread to the 15th, 16th and 17th floors just before 11 a.m., according to the Chicago Fire Department.

Fire officials later said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon that the fire had spread vertically to the 24th floor of the skyscraper and required the work of 300 firefighters and more than 80 pieces of equipment.

The firefighters’ efforts were complicated by the loss of elevator service and a long lead to the standpipe.

Officials said the 25-story building had a total of 298 units, of which 267 were in use at the time of the fire.

A fire was said to be “under control” on at least one floor just before 11am.

Fire officials have confirmed that eight people were injured and taken to local hospitals, but their condition is currently unknown. Authorities were also unable to confirm whether the person killed in the fire was a resident.

A firefighter was also taken to a local hospital with an orthopedic injury, while the 33 civilians at the scene refused further treatment.

Chicago building inspectors have listed the building for “suspected code violations” at least 12 times in the last 12 months, according to building inspection documents obtained by NBC 5.

At least eight of these alleged violations were found to be related to fire safety, including what inspectors described as “defective fire pumps” and missing fire tags on doors. I was.

Four times in the past year, including just last month, city inspectors have said buildings must “provide an annual fire alarm/voice communication system test.”

Back in October 2021, building inspectors were asking building owners to conduct mandatory annual inspections of existing sprinkler systems and standpipes as a result of the violations they discovered. .

The building inspector also directed the building owner to repair or replace the “six-inch water supply” to the fire pump “immediately.”

According to the Midwestern Housing Association, a housing cooperative, this 25-story apartment complex was built in 1970 and contains 306 units.

NBC 5 was unable to determine if the entire building was equipped with a sprinkler system or where the sprinkler valves were located in the building.

Check back again for more details on this developing story.

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Written by Natalia Chi

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