Man burned, 9 dogs rescued in Northwest Side fire
BY LEEANN SHELTON Staff Reporter November 27, 2012 12:45AM
Firefighters give oxygen to one of nine dogs rescued Monday from a burning home in the Forest Glen neighborhood on the Northwest Side. One dog died, and the homeowner was critically injured. | Photo courtesy Fire Media Affairs
Updated: November 27, 2012 1:09AM
A man was critically injured and one of his 10 dogs was killed in a fire Monday afternoon at his Northwest Side home. Nine other dogs were rescued.
The fire started about 3:45 p.m. in the back of a home in the 5000 block of West Winona in the Forest Glen neighborhood and spread to a home next door, according to Fire Media Affairs.
The homeowner, a man in his 50s, ran out of the house when the blaze started, but then he tried to go back inside, Fire Media Director Larry Langford said. An off-duty firefighter who happened to be in the area kept him out of the burning home until crews arrived.
The fire was spreading, and if he had gone back in, “He may have been trapped,” Langford said. “We tell people that when you escape a house fire, don’t go back in for anything.”
The man’s clothing was “all burned up” when firefighters arrived, Langford said. He suffered substantial burns and was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in serious to critical condition.
No one else was hurt in the blaze. Crews rescued 10 dogs from the first floor and basement. Firefighters brought the animals — some unconscious — out of the building in blankets and used oxygen masks specially made for pets to attempt to revive them. One died, but the other nine survived.
Volunteers from the neighborhood and Chicago Animal Care & Control were making arrangements to care for the injured animals.
The home where the fire started was heavily damaged and lost its roof. The home next door also sustained substantial fire damage, but it’s still standing. It wasn’t immediately known whether anyone from that home was displaced.
Crews were working Monday evening to remove debris from the homes.
Fire crews have responded to the home where the fire started before, including once to douse a burn pit in the backyard.