Chicago high-rise garage fire: Worker killed, 4 seriously injured (Details).
A roofing worker was killed and four were seriously injured when a fire broke out as they worked on top of a River North parking garage Saturday afternoon, according to the Chicago Fire Department.
The blaze started about 1:20 p.m. in the penthouse elevator area of the Mart Parc Orleans garage at 437 N. Orleans St., fire officials said.
One worker was able to escape the penthouse by the time firefighters arrived a few minutes later, and he directed them to the other workers still inside, according to CFD Battalion Chief Cynthia Herring.
Four were rescued and taken to hospitals, all in serious or critical condition. Another was pronounced dead at the scene, Herring said. That person’s name has not been released.
It took about 15 minutes to put out the flames, Herring said.
The five people were working for a roofing contractor at the time, making preparations from the inside of the structure for winter, Herring said. No one else was hurt.
Representatives for the company that manages the garage did not return messages seeking comment.
Dozens of emergency vehicles crowded the busy downtown neighborhood as firefighters secured the scene.
The roof of the structure on top of the 10-story garage was charred after crews put out the fire. Videos shared on social media showed plumes of think, black smoke billowing out earlier.
The garage remained closed to drivers for several hours following the fire. The cause is under investigation.