Mount Prospect police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 5:41 AM Saturday to report of smoke in an apartment building at The Colony Apartments, 2365 South Cannon Drive. Police and firefighter/paramedics received a report of smoke in an apartment and hallway. Elk Grove Township firefighters arrived first on the scene and reported no smoke showing from three sides of the Colony Apartments building, but people were waving at them from the second floor. Inside firefighters discovered dense smoke in the hallway and stairwell. Firefighters upgraded the fire to a working fire (Code 4) at about 5:49 a.m. Firefighters reported that the fire was out by 6:01 a.m. and that search and rescue discovered one fire victim.
An elderly woman was found dead just inside the front door of the apartment.
Residents in three other units in the building were displaced for the morning during investigation of the fire. Residents in eight other units in the building were not displaced.
Firefighters from Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Township, and Rolling Meadows immediately responded to The Colony Apartments fire as Mount Prospect firefighter/paramedics were already committed to a fire on North School Street in Mount Prospect. Several Mount Prospect firefighters and chiefs were able to respond immediately to The Colony Apartments fire, as they completed duties at North School Street.
The fire is under investigation by the Mount Prospect Police Department and the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal.
Oakton was shut down in both directions between Elmhurst Road and just west of Lexington. Eastbound lanes were opened at about 7:00 a.m. Westbound lanes were opened a little later.
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