CFD: Woman killed in West Roseland house fire

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Woman found dead after Roseland fire
A fast moving fire claimed the life of a landlord in the Roseland neighborhood Wednesday.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A 54-year-old woman was killed in a fire on the South Side Wednesday morning, the Chicago Fire Department said.

The home, on the corner of Princeton Avenue and 108th Street in West Roseland was fully engulfed by the time the call came in at around 6:40 a.m.

Upstairs, Marshall Lewis, who said he is a Cook County Sheriff's sergeant, heard his smoke alarm going off and rushed to get out and call 911.

He tried to save himself and his landlord, living downstairs.

CFD Battallion Chief Barry Temple gives an update on a fatal house fire in the Roseland neighborhood.

"On my way out the house, I seen smoke, and I couldn't hardly breathe," Lewis said. "I just see fire blazing by her room, blazing. I couldn't do nothing."

The 54-year-old woman, fire officials said, was found in her room.

"They located the victim on the first floor in a bedroom in a bed," CFD Battalion Chief Barry Temple said.

The flames were so intense, it was hard to get to the victim inside.

"There was heavy fire when they first came in, so they hadn't knocked out a fire extinguished some of the fire before they could find her," Temple said.

The woman was pronounced dead. Her son came to the scene and was visibly upset over her death.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.