Updated: No Permit On Elevator Work-Chicago Firefighter Falls Thru Elevator Shaft at a Fire on The South Side

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We are learning this morning that a Chicago Firefighter fell thru the floor at a fire on Chicago’s south side.  A mayday alert was declared and companies were able to get the Firefighter out.  Early reports indicate CPR was started on the Firefighter and he was transported to the hospital where he has now been pronounced dead.  Initial reports and dispatch audio of the incident indicated companies were working on the second floor of a building being repaired. Radio traffic indicated there was many holes in the floor and companies couldn’t locate the fire, radio traffic also indicated there was heavy smoke. Commissioner Santiago states “It looks like the firefighter had just walked into the elevator shaft as he was searching, couldn’t see and fell,” Santiago said. We will bring you more as we get it.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the brothers and sisters of the Chicago Fire Department.  “Capuano was a 15-year veteran of the Chicago Fire Department. He was assigned to Tower Ladder 34. He is survived by his wife and three children” Please pray for the family and friends of FF Capuano and the Chicago Fire Department.



Crews responded to a fire at a three-story structure in the 9200-block of South Baltimore Avenue around 2:40 a.m. Monday.

The building was reportedly under construction and there were several holes in the floor. While battling the blaze, a firefighter fell through one of those holes.

Fire officials said a “mayday” call, signaling a firefighter in distress, was sent out. The firefighter was found a short time later.

First responders performed CPR at the scene and rushed the firefighter to Advocate Christ Medical Center. There is no word yet on the firefighter’s condition.

Officials said the fire started on the second floor of the building. It was extinguished by around 3:45 a.m.



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