Chicago high-rise hearth leaves one useless, eight injured By Reuters


© Reuters. Hearth rages in a high-rise condominium constructing on the South Facet of Chicago, Illinois, U.S., January 25, 2023, on this nonetheless picture obtained from a social media video. Chicago Hearth Division/by way of REUTERS


By Brendan O’Brien

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A quick-moving hearth on Wednesday unfold to 9 flooring of a high-rise condominium constructing on Chicago’s South Facet, killing one individual and injuring eight, together with a firefighter, officers mentioned.

The blaze started on the fifteenth ground of the Harper Sq. Cooperative about 10 a.m. (1600 GMT) and unfold vertically, Chicago Hearth Division officers mentioned in a information briefing.

“It was a fast-moving hearth vertically, and it was powerful staying forward of it,” Deputy Hearth Commissioner Marc Ferman mentioned.

One individual died within the blaze and eight folks had been taken to hospitals with accidents, Hearth Commissioner Annette Nance-Holt mentioned. One firefighter was injured battling the blaze.

Earlier than firefighters gained management of the blaze about 90 minutes after it started, flames had been seen lapping the skin of the 50-year-old constructing as smoke billowed from the construction with winds clocked at 15 miles (24 km) an hour.

The 25-story, 360-unit condominium constructing has smoke detectors within the hallways, nevertheless it was unclear whether or not it has a sprinkler system, hearth officers mentioned.

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