May 26, 2022

Tragedy Strikes at a Backyard Halloween Party: Police Report

Police say a tragedy struck a backyard Halloween party in Illinois when two people died and over 10 were injured. The incident happened last night, October 30th at approximately 8:30 pm. Police officers arrived on scene to find heavy smoke coming from the home and heard yelling coming from inside. Many of the attendees had fled out the back door, while others were lying on couches or chairs trying to escape the smoke-filled room. Firefighters put out what they believe was an electrical fire that started near a couch in one of the bedrooms upstairs.

The cause of death for the two victims have not been released at this time. Smoke detectors were reportedly found in every room except one. All surviving party-goers were sent to local hospitals or treated on the scene. Some of those injured had minor smoke inhalation, while others were more severely burned from trying to break windows and cut themselves out on the broken glass. A full list of those injured is unknown at this time. It’s also unclear how many people were inside during the fire, but police estimate around 30-40 attendees.

Police are currently interviewing everyone who was at the house to determine what exactly happened and why some smoke detectors never went off. Police do not suspect any foul play, but the investigation is still on-going.

Two women are dead after a house fire in the south suburbs of Chicago that broke out during a Halloween party.

The home, located at 8713 South Oakley Avenue was being used for storage when people came in to decorate and set up for a party. A short time later, the smell of burning plastic was smelled and smoke started to fill up the home.

People inside said they tried to put it out with water and believed it was working until the flames burst through the windows. Everyone then ran out trying to find an escape route, but some were stuck on the second floor.

The bodies of two women were found on the third floor by firefighters after extinguishing the fire. They got everyone else out and there were no other injuries reported.

We went and knocked on all the doors, we check each room to make sure everybody is out, said Deputy Chief Joe Gallo of Palos Hills Fire Dept.

About 30 to 40 people were inside at the time of the fire, which may have been electrical in nature.

There was a lot of smoke, a lot of pain, said a neighbor who watched as firefighters rushed in and out helping those who were trapped inside. It’s really sad when you see all these people trying to get out and you can’t do nothing

Two women are dead after a house fire in the south suburbs of Chicago that broke out during a Halloween party. The home, located at 8713 South Oakley Avenue was being used for storage when people came in to decorate and set up for a party. A short time later, the smell of burning plastic was smelled and smoke started to fill up the home. People inside said they tried to put it out with water and believed it was working until the flames burst through the windows. Everyone then ran out trying to find an escape route, but some were stuck on the second floor. The bodies of two women were found on the third floor by firefighters after extinguishing the fire. They got everyone else out and there were no other injuries reported. About 30 to 40 people were inside at the time of the fire, which may have been electrical in nature. There was a lot of smoke, a lot of pain, said a neighbor who watched as firefighters rushed in and out helping those who were trapped inside.