2 dead, 1 injured in Chicago high-rise fire

January 22, 2013

The Associated Press

Two men have died following a fire in a Chicago high-rise building that injured one other person and drove some residents onto their balconies, bundled in coats and scarves against single-digit temperatures.

Fire officials say the fire started on the seventh floor Tuesday morning and was extinguished about 45 minutes later. Flames were visible outside a seventh floor window.

Deputy Fire Commissioner John McNicholas says firefighters conducted a floor-by-floor search of stairwells, hallways and living units in the 16-story condominium building.

Firefighters found one victim collapsed in the lobby when they arrived. That person remained in critical condition Tuesday afternoon.

A fire department spokeswoman says the two men who died were found on the seventh floor and transported to nearby hospitals where they were pronounced dead.