Elderly man dies after Englewood fire, Chicago fire officials say

Victim ID'd as Robert Wayne Davis, 77

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Thursday, January 18, 2024
Elderly person dies after Englewood fire: CFD
An elderly person died Wednesday after Chicago fire crews removed them from a house fire Tuesday in Englewood, CFD said.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- An elderly man died Wednesday after he was removed from a South Side fire in very critical condition Tuesday afternoon, CFD said.

Crews were on the scene in the 5900-block of South Elizabeth Street in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood just before 1 p.m.

CFD said the elderly person was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center Tuesday, initially in critical condition.

The victim was later identified as a 77-year-old man, Robert Wayne Davis, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

The cause of the fire has been ruled an accident due to mishandling of smoking materials, fire officials said.

Video of the scene appeared to show the fire took place in a home, and a large number of police officers and firefighters responded.

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It was not immediately clear how the fire began.