Stairway Collapse and Mayday in Chicagoland

A fire in single family residential occupancy in Chicago’s West Humboldt Park section on May 29th produced these dramatic occurrences: Serious injury to a woman and her grandchild, a firefighter being trapped, and good Samaritans lending a hand.

About 12:30 a.m., Chicago fire officials and police responded to a fire in a one-and-a-half story single family home in the 4200 block of West Hadden Avenue on the West Side, according to police and fire officials. A 2-11 Alarm and EMS Plan 1 were called for the fire, said Fire Media Affairs spokesman Chief Joe Roccasalva. The fire was located in a 1 1/2 story wood frame bungalow (SFR) dwelling. According to published reports, the firefighter fell through a burning stairwell when it collapsed and was briefly trapped. He was quickly located and extricated with minor injuries following the mayday alert

4246 West Hadden Ave


Chicago Sun-Times, HERE and Breaking News Report, HERE

Typical Circa Stairway Construction

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