Man, 92, Killed in West Town Fire

One dozen people displaced after fire damaged two homes, official says

Monday, Apr 28, 2014  |  Updated 7:12 AM CDT
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Man, 92, Killed in West Town Fire

A 92-year-old man was killed Sunday night in a house fire in Chicago's West Town neighborhood.

Frank Cecola, who lived in the home on the 1900 block of West Ohio Street, was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County where he was pronounced dead at 11:41 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

Crews were called to the home shortly after 11 p.m. amid reports of a person trapped on the second floor. Firefighters found Cecola in a front room on the second floor of the home. A second person was hospitalized after the blaze with minor injuries, Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford said.

A dozen people from the home where the fire occurred and the home next door, which also suffered damage in the blaze, were displaced.

Langford said the cause of the fire was under investigation, and he could not immediately say whether it appeared suspicious.

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