In a fire in Chicago today, 71-year-old Douglas Horne is dead, siblings injured on the South Side
CHICAGO (WLS) – A man died and his siblings were injured after a house fire on the South Side, family members said.
The fire broke out in a house on the 4900 block of South Washington Park Court at around 11 p.m. Wednesday.
A 71-year-old man in cardiac arrest was rushed to hospital and later died, according to the Chicago Fire Department. The man was identified as Douglas Horne to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
The fire brigades said the fire broke out in the man’s bedroom.
“You worked on Doug for 20 or 30 minutes right outside the house. You never got a breath out of him,” said John Tyler, a neighbor.
Tyler described Horne as friendly.
“Doug was silent. He didn’t say much. He always smiled and said, hey, ”he said.
Family members said Hornes sister and brother were taken to a hospital. They said the brother was burned most of his body and needed an operation.
“It was kind of bad to see something like that around,” said Wendell Jackson, a neighbor.
Family members said the siblings were looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with loved ones.
“Your nephew came when the fire was out,” said Tyler. “Just the idea of standing next to him and explaining what I’d been there and he was the one who told me in the end that Doug had died.”
The fire department returned to the block on Thanksgiving morning to distribute smoke alarms to residents.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.
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