63-year-old man dead after Austin fire identified
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A 63-year-old man who died after an apartment fire more than a week ago in the West Side Austin neighborhood has been identified.
Crews responded just after 10 p.m. April 1 to a blaze that was contained to one room on the second floor of a four-story building at 312 N. Central Ave., according to Fire Media Affairs Chief Juan Hernandez. The fire was put out by 10:45 p.m.
Floyd DePaul Singleton, who was confined to a wheelchair, was found dead at the scene, according to Fire Media and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy did not rule on Singleton’s cause and manner of death, with results pending further investigation.
The Office of Fire Investigation determined the fire was caused by misuse of smoking materials that set a mattress on fire, according to Fire Media.
A firefighter who fell down an elevator shaft was taken in serious-to-critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, along with another firefighter who suffered minor injuries. Their conditions were stabilized, fire officials said.
The Chicago Red Cross helped provide shelter for more than two dozen people who were displaced by the fire.