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Officials: Woman dead, man critically hurt in Humboldt Park fire

A woman was killed and a male was critically hurt in a fire early Wednesday in the 1000 block of North Hamlin. | Fire Media Affairs

A woman died and a man was critically injured in a fire early Wednesday in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side, according to fire officials.

Emergency crews were called about 12:50 a.m. to the still-and-box alarm fire in apartments above a store in the 1000 block of North Hamlin, according to Fire Media Affairs.

A woman in her 40s was unresponsive at the scene and was taken to Norwegian American Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to fire officials. The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the death.

A man in his 70s suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to Norwegian American Hospital in critical condition, Fire Media Affairs said.

At least seven people were displaced as a result of the fire, and the American Red Cross was at the scene to assist them with finding shelter, officials said.

Several smoke detectors were found in the home, but none of them were working, according to Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford. The cause remained under investigation early Wednesday.

A woman was killed and a male was critically hurt in a fire early Wednesday in the 1000 block of North Hamlin. | Fire Media Affairs
A woman was killed and a male was critically hurt in a fire early Wednesday in the 1000 block of North Hamlin. | Fire Media Affairs