Man Critically Burned at Senior Home Fire

Careless smoking may be cause

Sunday, Mar 20, 2011  |  Updated 9:45 AM CDT
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Man Critically Burned at Senior Home Fire

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Careless smoking may be the cause, fire officials say.

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Two people -- including an elderly man who suffered third-degree burns -- were hurt in a fire at a Chicago Housing Authority senior home early Sunday.

An EMS Plan I and a still-and-box alarm were called about 1 a.m. at the high rise building at 1633 W. Madison St., according to Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford. An EMS Plan I sends at least five ambulances to the scene.

The building is the Patrick Sullivan Apartments, a CHA senior building, according to an address directory.

A mattress caught fire in an elderly man's apartment, according to Langford. That man suffered second- and third-degree burns and was taken in critical condition to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

Another person who is in their 20's suffered minor smoke inhalation and was also taken to Stroger, he said.

The blaze was contained to that one room, and was relatively small but was extremely smoky, so firefighters moved other residents of the 14th floor to safer floors, Langford said.

The fire was out by 1:30 a.m., when the alarms were canceled at the building, which is properly equipped with a fire alarm system

Fire authorities are investigating the possibility the fire was caused by careless use of smoking materials, Langford said.

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