Apartment Fire With A Victim At Apartment Building On North Dunton Avenue, Arlington Heights

Arlington Heights police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 4:05 AM Thursday to an apartment fire at Hancock Square at Arlington Station (formerly 200 Arlington Place), 299 North Dunton Avenue. Firefighter/paramedics reported they had a working fire immediately after arriving on the scene. Firefighters discovered a fire in an apartment on the fourth floor, and reported that they were putting water on the fire. A few minutes later they reported a possible crime scene in the apartment. Firefighters were obstructed from getting to the window to ventilate the apartment unit and completely knock the fire. A female victim was apparently discovered behind some barricaded objects in the apartment. She was discovered with life-threatening injures and transported to Northwest Community Hospital. A firefighter was transported to Northwest Community Hospital with an injured knee. Two police officers were also transported to be checked for smoke inhalation injuries after they worked on evacuation of residents from the apartment building before firefighters arrived.

Police investigators are on the scene with evidence kits, and firefighters were working past 6:00 a.m. to overhaul debris and ventilate several floors of the apartment 00 especially the upper floors.

Dunton Avenue may be blocked between Eastman Street and Miner Street for part of the morning rush.

Rolling Meadows Fire Department assisted Arlington Heights firefighters.

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