A man remains in critical condition, a woman suffered minor injuries and a dog died after they were rescued from a house fire in Zion Friday evening, authorities said.
The Zion Fire and Rescue Department and Zion Police Department responded around 9:17 p.m. Friday to the 2300 block of Gideon Avenue in Zion for a report of a structure fire.
Zion Fire and Rescue Department Battalion Chief Eric Troy said a 911 caller reported three people trapped in the basement of a home.
Zion Police Department Lt. Christopher Sweeting said officers arrived on the scene within two minutes of the call.
The officers quickly located the 911 caller, who was trapped in the basement.
Police broke the basement window and helped the adult female to safety, Sweeting said.
Officers also attempted to make entry through the front and back doors of the residence but had to retreat after succumbing to smoke inhalation due to the heavy smoke inside the home.
Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke showing from the rear of the house.
“The reports of numerous people trapped elevate the concern of fire personnel. Our number one goal is life safety,” Troy said.
The alarm was quickly upgraded to a Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) box alarm for additional assistance.
Firefighters rescued an adult male who was in critical condition. He was transported to Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan.
The adult female victim was also transported to Vista Medical Center East. She suffered minor injuries from smoke inhalation and is no longer in the hospital.
Police officers also performed CPR on a dog and transported it to a local animal hospital, Sweeting said. The family told authorities that the dog later died.
Troy said primary and secondary searches revealed there was not a third occupant home at the time of the fire as initially believed.
Fire crews attacked the fire with multiple hose lines in the basement of the home.
Fire damage was limited to the basement but heat and smoke damage occurred throughout the structure.
On Monday, Sweeting said that the male victim remains hospitalized in the intensive care unit.
The fire is being investigated by the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal in conjunction with local fire investigators. Foul play is not suspected and the cause is still under investigation.
Troy urged residents to have working smoke detectors. In this fire, the woman was alerted to the working smoke detectors and was able to call 911, he said.
Fire damage was estimated to be approximately $65,000.