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. Mmmmm

    smokey the bear says never do elevators with high rise fires...

    January 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tabitha

    aww ruffnutt, show some compassion! How many times have you mentioned your dog and how much you love him? People arent always rational during a crisis ya know!

    January 8, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tabitha

    Yes i understand that to a certain degree. To some ppl their pets are their children, and as i said they werent thinking rationally, does not make them *tards* which by the way is a disgusting word!

    January 8, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Weren't there steps?
    Take the dog with you and go down the steps, bumping down on your rump if you can't walk down steps.
    I don't think I could leave the dogs.
    Once, in a NYC blackout, I carried my sick dog (a Boxer) down and back up ten flights of steps for its "walk."

    January 8, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Incidentally, only our two dogs want dinner tonight.
    We debated not eating at all, then decided to make just pasta with a light sauce.

    January 8, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mmmmm

    shoulda known the maniacal turtle eggs lover has killed again...charge'em with fire code violations and negligent homicide...when will you people value human life...ANIMALS ARE NOT CHILDREN!

    January 8, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tabitha

    Sure is a wonderful thing everyone doesnt have such a low opinion of life as you Mmmm! Yet you keep professing to be such a spiritual person! Animals are gods creatures, shame on you!

    January 8, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Clydester

    I havent met a dog or yet that did not like me animals in a way are a persons children but if a fire breaks out you should already know exactly were that/ those animals are at it makes everything so much easier in the long run

    January 8, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Codemaster

      With when more things at fire was at dog for being swiftly at the when fire broke out you should never always.

      January 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I would try to save my pets. If I couldn't save them, I would be devastated.
    I would not swerve to avoid hitting a rabbit.
    I would eat a rabbit...in fact, they're very good.
    Lots of pepper.

    January 8, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    @Ruffie: that lady was rather silly.
    @JIF©: 😉

    January 8, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    @ JIF: funny.

    January 8, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Hopefully, not the roadkill rabbit, JIF.....

    January 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BOMBO

    I know someone who rolled his car avoiding a family of ducks. Just a reaction, he didn't care about the ducks. You don't have time to think when you're about double the speed limit, just react.

    January 8, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Between the Wheels

    To live between a rock and a hard place
    In between time
    Cruising in prime time
    Soaking up the cathode rays

    To live between the wars in our time
    Living in real time
    Holding the good time
    Holding on to yesterdays

    You know how that rabbit feels
    Going under your speeding wheels
    Bright images flashing by
    Like windshields towards a fly
    Frozen in the fatal climb
    But the wheels of time
    Just pass you by

    Wheels can take you around
    Wheels can cut you down
    We can go from boom to bust
    From dreams to a bowl of dust
    We can fall from rockets' red glare
    Down to "Brother can you spare..."
    Another war
    Another wasteland
    And another lost generation

    It slips between your hands like water
    This living in real time
    A dizzying lifetime
    Reeling by on celluloid

    Struck between the eyes
    By the big-time world
    Walking uneasy streets
    Hiding beneath the sheets
    Got to try and fill the void

    January 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BOMBO

    And did the ducks appreciate it? Hell no. Just kept waddling away.

    January 8, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
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