Firefighters battle extra alarm fires on multiple floors of Chicago skyscraper


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Firefighters battled high-alert blazes on multiple floors of a Chicago skyscraper Wednesday morning. At least one person was seriously injured, officials said.

The fire started around 10 a.m. on the upper floors of a building at 4850 South Lake Park in Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood. Just before 11 a.m., the fire spread to the 15th, 16th and 17th floors, according to a Chicago Fire spokeswoman.

Firefighters said injuries were reported at the scene. One person has so far been taken to a local hospital in critical condition, fire officials said.

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

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 requiring building owners to conduct mandatory annual inspections of their 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 ascertain whether 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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