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South Shore Fire: 2 Killed, 1 Critical In High-Rise Blaze

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A total of 190 firefighters responded to the scene of a fire at a South Shore high-rise apartment building Tuesday morning in Chicago. Two were killed in the blaze.
A total of 190 firefighters responded to the scene of a fire at a South Shore high-rise apartment building Tuesday morning in Chicago. Two were killed in the blaze.

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Two people were killed Tuesday morning when a blaze broke out in a 16-floor building in the 6700 block of S. South Shore Drive in Chicago.

According to ABC Chicago, the fire began around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, when black smoke was seen billowing from the high-rise apartment building's seventh floor.

Killed in the fire after reportedly going into cardiac arrest due to smoke inhalation were two adult males, one in his 30s and another in his 40s. The men were later identified as Jameel Johnson, 36, and John Fasula, 50. According to the Tribune, the two men died while saving an elderly woman from the fire.

NBC Chicago reports the seriously wounded individual was an adult woman. She was listed in critical condition at the University of Chicago Medical Center, according to CBS Chicago.

The fire, which was raised to a 3-11 alarm shortly after it began, is said to have began in the bedroom of a seventh-floor apartment, the Tribune reports. It was extinguished at 9:25 a.m. after a total of 190 firefighters were called to the scene. Its cause is under investigation.