Claim of no smoke detectors and possible illegal utility connections in Humboldt Park apartment fire


The center building is 3226 W. Augusta Blvd.


This computer did not survey the fire

There were no working smoke detectors and there were illegal gas and electric connections in the three-story apartment building at 3226 W. Augusta when a fire call went to the Chicago Fire Department (CFD)at 3:15 a.m., Fri., Aug. 31, according to a victim's relative.

The fire displaced 24 people, according to Larry Merritt of the CFD Media Office. While reports were that three to four people, including one fireman, were taken to Norwegian American Hospital, 1044 N. Francisco. The hospital could only confirm that one woman arrived in their Emergency Room and she has been discharged. 

More than a half-dozen fire trucks responded to the alarm, including aerial ladders. However there was not enough room in the alley for the aerial ladder trucks, resulting in hand-held lines, reported Mike Puccinelli, CBS Chicago.

While  the blaze was concentrated in the 3226 building, buildings on both sides also had fire damage. 


With one tenants surviving possessions on the sidewalk, Juan Brito talks about his son's family escape

Juan Brito explained that his son, who had lived in the apartment for about ten years, and daughter-in-law each grabbed one of their two children, aged four and two, when they awoke and smelled the smoke. According to Brito, his son had just spoken to the landlord the night before, asking for smoke detectors. 

It was just hours after that request that Brito's grandchildren were on the inside of the apartment's back wall where flames were blazing from the rear porch.  

Young Brito's emotions are evident as he tells Puccinelli, in the clip below, that two young boy relatives had perished in a home fire on May 2.



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