Woman killed in NW Side fire

May 7, 2009 10:35:37 AM PDT
A woman has died after fire broke out in an apartment complex early Thursday morning.It happened just before 5 a.m. in an apartment building in the 2300-block of North Neva. The fire started in the second-floor apartment where the woman was found injured by firefighters and rushed to a hospital.

Jewel Ivory, in her 50s, was apparently killed in the fire at 2333 N. Neva Ave. and pronounced dead at 5:34 a.m. at Our Lady of Resurrection Medical Center, according to a Cook County Medical Examiner's office spokeswoman. Ivory lived at the Neva Avenue address.

The apartment had a smoke detector with no batteries, fire officials said

Ofifcials said firefighters extinguished the accidental fire and contained the blaze to her apartment.

The still-and-box alarm was secured at 5:25 a.m. and the fire was "mostly contained" to the woman's unit, according to Fire Media Affairs spokesman Joe Roccasalva, who did not know where the fire started in the unit or what was burning.

No other residents from the building's 68 units were injured or rescued and all residents were all allowed back inside Thursday morning, according to Roccasalva.

Firefighters canvassed the block handing out smoke detectors, he said.

The STNG Wire contributed to this report.


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