One person was killed and several others injured in a fire that triggered an emergency alert at a high-rise building in the Kenwood area on Wednesday. The fire engulfed multiple floors of the building and splattered debris onto the ground.
Chicago firefighters were called shortly after 10:15 a.m. Wednesday when a skyscraper on the 4800 block of South Lake Park Avenue caught fire. At 12:38 pm, fire officials said the fire had been extinguished but an ambulance was still at the scene.
Commissioner Annette Nance Holt said in a media briefing that one person had died.
Aldo. A fourth, Sophia King, who told the Tribune that the victim was a woman, thanked her first responders for showing up.
“There are community members who have come together. The owners of the multiplex around the corner have opened up their facilities for those who have been displaced from their homes, so I feel good about it…but someone is taking their lives. It’s a tragedy that you dropped it. Be sure to check your fire detectors, smoke alarms and double check things,” King said.
A Chicago Fire Department spokeswoman said several others were taken to area hospitals.
Firefighters were told the fire had started on the 18th floor, but authorities later said the fire had started on the 15th, 16th and 17th floors.
Originally, the building was staffed with 6+ ambulances, later upgraded to 12.
As of 1:00 PM, the building’s residents are safely contained.
“My heart goes out to the families of the victims of the fire,” King said.
Tony Weems, who used to live in the building, said he had come to pick up his mail after seeing emergency vehicles lined up on the street. He looked around the building, pointing to a burnt-down apartment.
“I lived on the 21st floor on this side,” he said. His mother, who currently lives in the same building, was at work when the fire broke out.
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