Grandfather who rescued grandson, 7, during house fire on Chicago's East Side dies

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A 69-year-old grandfather who threw his 7-year-old grandson out a second-story window to Chicago police officers below as their home burned has died, the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed on Monday.

Apolonio Castellano was critically injured in the Sept. 9 fire in the 10000 block of South Avenue L in Chicago's East Side neighborhood on the Far South Side.

The boy survived thanks to Castellano efforts.

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Castellano was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center with burns and smoke inhalation.

Two families lived in the coach house where the fire broke out. A family of six who lived on the first floor were not at home when the fire broke out, but their dog was killed in the blaze.

Authorities said they did not find working smoke detectors in the fire.
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