Illinois Firefighter Killed in Blaze
Another firefighter remains at University of Chicago Hospitals in critical condition.


Chicago Tribune

Posted: Wed, 03/31/2010 - 09:31
Updated: Wed, 03/31/2010 - 10:23
One of two Homewood firefighters critically injured Tuesday night in a ferocious house fire that claimed the life of an elderly man has died, authorities said this morning.

The firefighter was identified by the Cook County medical examiner's office as 28-year-old Brian Carey of Evergreen Park.

The Homewood homeowner killed in the blaze was identified as Wendell Elias, 84.

A female firefighter at University of Chicago Hospitals remained in critical condition with extensive burns.

Homewood officials scheduled a news conference for 10 a.m. This morning, a flag was flying at half staff above the Homewood Police Department.

Fire crews from several suburban fire departments were called to the extra-alarm fire in the 17600 block of South Lincoln Avenue in the village's Governor's Park subdivision.

Firefighters rescued Elias, who used a wheelchair, from his home on their second attempt. Fire officials attempted to resuscitate him on his front lawn, but he died from his injuries, Homewood Police Sgt. Bernie Hogancamp said.

The 87-year-old man's wife was able to escape the fire and was also taken to a hospital.

Authorities said the blaze may have been fueled by oxygen tanks inside the home that were used by the homeowner.

Carey, the firefighter, was declared dead at 10:03 p.m. at Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest, but that information was not made available until this morning.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service