CFD paramedic found fatally shot in Mount Greenwood house fire, sources say

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A Chicago Fire Department paramedic was found Thursday inside a burning home on the city's Far South Side. Sources said he was fatally shot.

Lieutenant Robert Spoon, 28, was with the CFD for two and a half years. His death came as a shock to his colleagues.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office has yet to confirm a cause and manner of death.

The firefighter-paramedic was found Thursday afternoon in the basement of a home in the 11400-block of St. Louis Avenue in Chicago's Mount Greenwood neighborhood and carried out by several firefighters.

He was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he died.

Neighbors were in a yard when they saw the flames shooting out of the home around 3:30 p.m.

"They brought a man out on one of the fire department, on one of the wheeled stretchers. He didn't look too good," said John Kotan, a witness.

"You know whatever is going on, I hope everybody was OK. I feel sorry for the family. If he was a family man, or by himself, or whoever it was, it's just sad that it happened," said Joan Shaw, who lives nearby.

Lt. Spoon also worked for the Hometown Fire Department for 10 years.

A death investigation is underway. A Chicago Police Department Bomb and Arson team is looking into a cause.
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