A man was killed when a fire broke out this morning in a West Side home that lacked working smoke detectors.
The fire was reported at 3:47 a.m. in the 4100 block of West Gladys Avenue, Chicago Fire Department Chief Juan Hernandez said. A 57-year-old man was killed and two other people were displaced.
Firefighters arrived on the scene three minutes later and found flames in the basement and on the first floor.
Police called to the scene found a 51-year-old man who had escaped from the fire via a back door who told officers he had seen the back door to the basement apartment open, and flames on a couch.
Firefighters found a the 57-year-old man in the basement and carried him out of the house. He was suffering from smoke inhalation. Paramedics took him to Mount Sinai in critical condition. The man was pronounced dead at the hospital at 4:36 a.m., according to a representative for the Cook County medical examiner's office.
An autopsy is scheduled for today.
A firefighter suffered a knee injury battling the blaze. He was taken to West Suburban Medical Center in good condition.
There was no indication that the fire was suspicious, but Area Central detectives were conducting a death investigation and police Bomb and Arson investigators were checking the fire because of the death.