Chicago 5-Alarmer Kills Woman, Injures Five FFs

CHICAGO, Ill. -- An early morning five-alarm blaze at a high-rise in the Streeterville community killed a resident and hospitalized five firefighters, according to WFLD-TV.

 At least seven other people where injured in the fire that started at approximately 12:50 a.m. on the 36th floor of the 51-floor condominium building at 260 E. Chestnut Street.

Department spokesman Larry Langford told the news station that about a third of the city's fire equipment was on the scene, but many of the close to 275 responding firefighters were busy helping residents exit the upper floors.

Firefighters helped between 45 to 50 residents exit the building's upper floors.

One resident took his 6-year-old daughter to the roof the building, where he was eventually rescued by firefighters.

Officials said crews found the fire's lone victim, a woman, near the door of her apartment. They said she was possibly trying to escape and was the only occupant of the unit.

The blaze was extinguished around 3:30 a.m. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

This was the second fatal fire at the building in nearly eight years, according to WFLD-TV. On Jan. 21, 2002, a 12:30 a.m. blaze on the 14th floor killed a 50-year-old woman who became trapped in her apartment.