1 dead, 1 injured in Northwest Side apartment fire

A 63-year-old man died early Saturday in an apartment fire in the Norwood Park East neighborhood on the city’s Northwest Side, according to fire officials. 

Just before 12:50 a.m. Saturday, firefighters responded to the 6300 block of West Raven Street for a fire on the first floor of a two-story brick U-shaped courtyard apartment building.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, they found a 36-year-old woman with burn injuries near the doorway of an apartment, said Charles Roy, deputy district chief for the Chicago Fire Department. She was taken in serious-to-critical condition to Lutheran General Hospital, according to fire officials. 

Firefighters then found the 63-year-old man inside the bedroom of the apartment, Roy said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was identified as Timothy Coughlin, of the block where the fire took place, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.  

The response to the fire was elevated to a box alarm, and it was struck out by 1:20 a.m. The fire did not spread to any other apartment buildings, and there weren’t any other reported injuries. 

Nearby residents watched as firefighters finished putting out the fire. Shon Villazana watched from his sister’s nearby home.

Villazana said he was inside his sister’s home when they began to smell smoke. By the time they realized the apartment building next door was on fire, firefighters were already on the scene.

Villazana, who has been temporarily living with his sister, said he previously saw the man who he believes died in the fire. He said the man appeared to be barely mobile from the times he saw him.

“It’s terrible,” he said.

The cause and origin of the fire remained under investigation. The apartment’s smoke detectors were working during the time of the fire, Roy said. 

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