Chicago Firefighter Fatally Stricken During House Fire

By Bill Carey
4 April 2023

CHICAGO – A Chicago firefighter died and two other firefighters were injured during a house fire in the West Pullman neighborhood.

The firefighter was inside during operations and went down after firefighters were ordered to withdraw from the structure, NBC Chicago reported.

The fallen firefighter was identified as Jermaine Pelt, a member of the department for 18 years. In a press conference, it was reported that Firefighter Pelt was on a hoseline in an exposure building. A mayday was transmitted and Pelt was found near the hoseline. Fire Commissioner Annette Nance-Holt stated, “there was no explosion and [Pelt] was not trapped at this fire.” WGN9 reported that the house was vacant at the time of the fire but in the press conference Commissioner Nance-Holt said it was occupied.

Local news states that Pelt was pulled from the house and CPR was started. He was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

Pelt, 49 is survived by two daughters.

Photograph courtesy of WGN News/YouTube.

Published by Data Not Drama

Data Not Drama is writings that provide a point of critical thought about firefighter fatality data and education, line of duty deaths, and risk. The main focus is to encourage less risk aversion and better knowledge on the subject of firefighter fatalities in firefighters, fire departments, and fire service organizations.

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