House Fire on Chicago’s South Side Kills 12-Year-Old Girl on Morgan St Near Carpenter and 51st Street


Chicago police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 10:01 PM Friday to an apartment house fire at 5044 South Morgan Street Chicago, Il. Police and firefighter/paramedics received a report of a fire at 51st Street and Carpenter St with a girl trapped on the second floor.

Firefighters initially discovered smoke at the intersection and then immediately discovered the burning 2 1/2-story apartment house. The burning building was initially updated to an address of 5044 South Carpenter Street, but the address was later corrected to 5044 South Morgan St Chicago — one street east of Carpenter Street.

Firefighters worked an interior attack, but were met with a second-floor fire that was moving to the attic and that burnt out the stairways.

Firefighters had to go to a defensive mode at one point during firefighting operations. All firefighters inside had to exit the building and fight the fire from the exterior. The fire was elevated to a 2-11 alarm.

The fire was declared under control and about 10:54 p.m. the 2-11 Alarm fire was struck out. A child, believed to be about 12-years-old, was found dead after a crew went back inside with the fire mostly extinguished.

Three or four people were initially transported to area hospitals, then another four people were transported to St Bernard Hospital and Holy Cross Hospital.

Among the patients evaluated by paramedics, two infants were transported to St Bernard Hospital. As firefighters were cleaning up the scene and picking up equipment, two additional people required transportation to a hospital. They were transported to Holy Cross Hospital about 12:55 a.m.

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