Friday, May 30, 2014 || By Michael Romain
MAYWOOD–A fire has destroyed a home on the 400 block of South 14th Avenue. According to officials, emergency dispatch received a call at 7:59 AM about a possible fire at 434 S. 14th Avenue. When the fire department arrived on the scene, they discovered that the fire had engulfed both floors of the multi-unit building, where an elderly woman lay unresponsive on the first floor. She was rushed to Loyola University Health Center. Her condition is currently unknown.
Ronnie Carswell, who lives two blocks away, was driving on Washington Boulevard, on his way to work, when he saw the smoke.
“When I saw the smoke, I thought somebody was barbecuing,” he said. “But then I saw flames coming out the window. They just started popping out. A minute seemed like a day. The grandson said his grandmother was in the house, but by that time it was nothing you could do.”
Ladder trucks from at least two other surrounding communities, Broadview and Bellwood, were seen in the area to support the Maywood Fire Department. Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh said his men had to use heavy water to slow the fire down. He didn’t say how long it took to extinguish, but by 9:30 AM the fire was out.
According to officials, the first floor of the home was occupied by Leroy Williams, Jr. and his son Leroy Williams III. The unidentified woman, who is apparently the mother and grandmother of the two, lived on the first floor, where the fire is reported to have started in a backroom.
More as this story develops. VFP