Man, 66, dies after fire in East Garfield Park

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A 66-year-old man died after a fire Friday evening in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side.

Crews responded at 5:34 p.m. to the fire in a two-story home in the 700 block of North Ridgeway, according to Chicago Fire Media Affairs.

Johnny Horton, 66, was taken in critical condition to Norwegian American Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 6:19 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office and fire officials. Authorities said he lived in the home.

Results from an autopsy Saturday indicated that Horton died from carbon monoxide toxicity and inhalation of the products of combustion from the house fire, and his death was ruled an accident, according to the medical examiner’s office. Heart disease was listed as a secondary cause of death.

The fire was struck out at 6 p.m., and the cause of the blaze is under investigation. Fire officials could not be reached Saturday for additional details.

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