West Side fires kill 1, injure 2

One person was killed last night and two people were injured in separate house fires on the West Side.

The fatal fire broke out at 4:22 a.m. at 4933 W. Gladys, said Fire Department spokesman Rich Rosado.

The cause of the fire is unknown. The blaze started out in the basement and worked its way up to the first and second story of the house, said Rosado.

The basement and first floor had no smoke detectors. The second story of the house had non-working smoke detectors, Rosado said.

Rescue workers rushed the victim, a man in his eighties,  to Loretto Hospital. He died later today, said Rosado.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office said the victim's cause of death had not yet been determined. 

The second fire, which occurred at 4:28 a.m. at 2234 S. Sawyer, injured a resident and a firefighter.

The resident jumped from a second floor window to avoid the fire and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital. The firefighter suffered minor injuries and was taken to Cook County Hospital.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, said Rosado.

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