85-Year-Old Man Dies From Lincoln Park Fire

UPADTED 12/12/11 10:18 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — An 85-year-old man is dead, after suffering burns to his entire body in a fire at his home on the cusp of the Lincoln Park and East Lakeview neighborhoods.

The blaze started about 10:30 p.m. Saturday on the third floor of the Commonwealth Apartments seniors’ residence at 2757 N. Pine Grove Ave. – the northeast corner of Pine Grove Avenue and Diversey Parkway, according to Fire Department Media Affairs.

The victim is identified as Theodore Walton, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. He was taken in critical condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center with “full-thickness burns to his entire body,” the Fire Department said.

Walton was later transferred to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, which has a burn unit, and he was pronounced dead there at 6:37 a.m. Sunday, according to the Medical Examiner’s office. An autopsy is set for later Monday.

A Fire Department spokesman said it was difficult for emergency personnel to determine how old the man was at first because he was burned so badly. Paramedics initially thought he was in his 50s or 60s, but once he got to the hospital his age was determined.

Commonwealth Apartments is a government-subsidized seniors’ residence. The 12-story, 1920s-era high-rise also houses a 7-11 store and Adel’s Hair Sensation salon on the ground floor facing Diversey.

Neighbors said Walton lived alone, was hearing impaired and used and electronic wheelchair.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Jim Hamilton

    Do they ever find the meth labs or the crackheads that start these fires?

    • Leory Goldberg

      Bad Karma goes around and we will be reading something about you and/or your family in the foreseeable future.

      • Jim Hamilton

        You see Leory Goldberg I don’t believe in Karma Good or Bad but if any one named karma goes around here unwanted I’ll be sure to send him to hell and I’m carving “Leory Goldberg warned me about you” on the bullet as we speak there now I’ll set that aside for Mr.Karma when he comes creeping through my window with a gun in his hand but he better hury I’m going target shooting in the morning and his bullet will be gone.

    • Roberta Waker

      Wouldn’t there have been an explosion if this was a meth lab? Maybe it was a heater or oven left on for heat that caused the fire. I hope they find the cause of the fire although it won’t help the 85 year old man that was literally burned alive. Our sympathy goes out to the family of this old man who died such a horrible and painful death.

      • Jim Hamilton

        Naw Roberta the meth heads sometimes point there torch in an unsafe direction or drop it, knock it over what have you.

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