Chicago, IL (November 24, 2020) – The identity of the man killed in a deadly structure fire in Chicago’s West Englewood area on Sunday morning, November 22, has recently been identified by local authorities.
The site of the deadly blaze was located at a residence located at the corner of W. 63rd Street and S. Honore Street. Local authorities reported that the fire started at around 12:45 a.m. that morning. Emergency responders were called to the scene to render aid to those at the scene.
Local sources revealed that 61-year-old Lonnie McDowell was pronounced dead at the scene. Another woman was hospitalized for the treatment of smoke inhalation. No further information on the incident is currently available.
An ongoing investigation into the cause of the fire is currently underway.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Lonnie McDowell at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victim and her family in hopes of a full recovery.
Deadly Structure Fires in Chicago
Victims of structure fires are at risk of suffering from serious injuries, including third-degree burns and smoke inhalation. Residential structures are the site of nearly 27% of reported fires each year. Across the country, fire departments respond to an estimated 354,400 residential structure fires each year. These fires are responsible for over 2,000 civilian deaths and nearly 12,000 civilian injuries.
The grief and devastation of losing a loved one due to another’s negligence are nearly unbearable. Surviving family members often take on damages resulting from the accident, and they may be able to recover lost compensation by pursuing a wrongful death claim with the help of an experienced Illinois personal injury attorney. In an Illinois wrongful death claim, a representative of the decedent’s estate — usually a close family member — seeks damages from those at fault for the person’s death to obtain compensation for damages.
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