January 8th, 2012
03:39 PM ET

1 dead, 9 injured in Chicago high-rise fire

One person died and nine others, including two firefighters, were injured in a fire early Sunday in a Chicago high-rise, according to the city's fire department.

The body of the 32-year-old resident, who lived on the 12th floor, was found in an open elevator, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.

The elevator had superheated air, which could have been up to 1,000 degrees "at head level where she was," Langford said.

Firefighters received a call just after 2 a.m. Sunday about a fire on the 12th floor of the building. In the apartment where the fire broke out, the resident left the door open hoping their pets would escape, which caused the hallway to fill with smoke and fire, he said.

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  1. Tabitha

    lmao @ ruffnutt! Karate eh? Good one!

    January 8, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Saoirse

    I would definitly do everything I could to save my cat. I don't care how irrational some may think that is. But that's not what this person did. They just left their door open and expected their pets to know what to do. The smoke coming out of the open door was a danger to all of the other residents on that floor. I also don't understand why the person tryed to take the elevator. Everyone should know that during a fire, you take the stairs.

    January 9, 2012 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
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