CHICAGO (SUN TIMES MEDIA WIRE) - One person was killed and a firefighter was injured when a house went up in flames early Wednesday in the West Pullman neighborhood on the South Side.
Firefighters responded about 3:30 a.m. to a still and box alarm at a home at 11828 South Perry where a one-and-half story home caught fire, according to the Chicago Fire Department.
A man who lived in the building, 79-year-old Jimmie Shearill, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to fire officials and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. An autopsy Thursday did not immediately rule on the cause and manner of his death pending further investigation.
A firefighter was taken to a hospital for observation after suffering a fall while battling the blaze. He was released about 5 a.m., the department said.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.