Third Chicago Skyscraper Fire in Three Weeks

For the third time in three weeks, there has been a significant fire in a Chicago residential skyscraper.

Here’s a statement from Alderman Reilly’s office:

On Sunday afternoon at roughly 2:00 p.m., an extra-alarm fire broke out in a condo unit located on the 28th Floor of 1455 N. Sandburg Terrace, a residential high-rise located in the Gold Coast neighborhood.  Initial reports indicate the fire broke out in Apartment #2801, with much of the fire contained to that unit.  The occupant of the apartment was rescued by an off-duty firefighter in the area who carried the resident down 28 flights of stairs to ground level and out of harm’s way.

The injured resident is in her mid-fifties and is reported to have suffered from burns and smoke inhalation.  The resident was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment where her condition is listed as “serious.”

The Chicago Fire Department reported that the 28th and 29th floors sustained damage during the blaze; however, the lower floors were spared what could have been extensive damage.  According to our reports, no other injuries have been reported at this time.

The fire, classified as a “2-11” alarm by the Chicago Fire Department, broke out around 2:00 pm and was extinguished by approximately 2:30 pm.   The Chicago Fire Department responded quickly and in force – dispatching 130 firefighters and paramedics to the scene of the fire.  Building residents were allowed back into the high rise by roughly 3:20 p.m.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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