Investigators say a deadly weekend high-rise fire in Lakeview spread because a couple propped open their apartment door so the family cat could escape.
The fire started in the couple’s apartment at 3130 N. Lake Shore Dr., and though they escaped with their dog, they left open their door for their cat. The building’s doors are designed to close automatically.
Building resident Shantel McCoy died in the fire when she rode the elevator to the 12th floor and authorities say when the doors open, she overcome by heat, fumes and smoke from the fire in the hallway.
The accident should never have happened, a leading elevator consultant said today. Charles Buckman, a 56-year veteran of the elevator industry, said a national engineering safety code requires elevators to have fire sensors on every floor and in the motor room.
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