A 69-year-old man died Wednesday, just over two weeks after he suffered severe smoke inhalation when he was trapped inside his burning Portage Park neighborhood home on the Northwest Side.
Crews responded about 1:30 a.m. Oct. 20 to the fire in the 5100 block of West Grace, where there was heavy fire on the first floor near the rear of the house, police and fire officials said at the time.
Firefighters found Peter Domaradzki trapped inside, according to fire officials and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
He was taken to Community First Medical Center and later transferred to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he died at 8:39 a.m. Wednesday, authorities said.
An autopsy Friday found Domaradzki died of complications of smoke inhalation and his death was ruled an accident.
Firefighters also rescued two dogs from the house and they were taken to animal hospitals.
There were no working smoke detectors in the building, officials said. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.