Chicago Firefighters Killed After Building Collapse

By Madhusmita, Gaea News Network
Thursday, December 23, 2010

CHICAGO ( - Two firefighters were killed and near about 17 were injured after they were trapped in a building while fighting a warehouse fire. The accident took place in Chicago on Wednesday; the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the deaths. However, the police said that the injured firefighters, who are hospitalized have non-life threatening injuries.

Chicago Fire Commissioner Robert Huff told in the press conference that like a bolt from the blue the roof of the building collapsed and four firefighters were trapped inside it. Robert Huff added that though the fire department put in their best efforts, both in the hospitals and also at the scene, the accident claimed two Chicago firefighters‘ lives. The Fire Commissioner identified the name of two firefighters, who were killed as Cory Ankum and Edward Stringer. The local media reported that on Wednesday, the firefighters went to city’s South Side early in the morning to respond a fire at a deserted warehouse. Robert Huff said that the firefighters were on roof at that time when the roof of the building collapsed.

The officials said that the roof collapse trapped four firefighters and out of them two were killed. After the mishap happened, the emergency team came to the rescue. Chicago Police said that more than 150 firefighters along with the police answered the emergency call. Robert Huff said that after an “aggressive” search the rescue members could find two members immediately. The Fire Commissioner said that the rescue team worked really hard to get the other Chicago firefighters out of the building. In the press conference, Robert Huff expressed his condolence and said that the major concern of the firefighter department is the families of firefighters, who were killed in the accident.

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