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Firefighter Details

Name Daniel Capuano
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 41 to 45
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 12/14/2015
Cause of Death Fall
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations , Search and rescue operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 12/14/2015
Incident Location Vacant property , Construction site
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On December 14, 2015, Chicago Firefighter Daniel Capuano died in the line of duty during a fire at a vacant warehouse fire in the 9200 block of South Baltimore Avenue.

Firefighter Capuano responded with Tower Ladder 34 to a report of a fire at a two-story warehouse undergoing construction work at 9213 South Baltimore Avenue. While searching through heavy smoke on the second floor of the building, Capuano fell through an unprotected elevator shaft. Capuano was transported to Christ Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Capuano was survived by his wife and three children. Firefighter Capuano’s funeral services were held at St. Rita of Cascia High School chapel on December 18 and he was interred in Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery in Alsip.

Citations:

Gorner, Jeremy, Peter Nickeas, and John Byrne, “Firefighter’s Fatal Fall: Unauthorized Elevator Work in Building Being Blamed,” Chicago Tribune, December 15, 2015.

Byrne, John, Lolly Bowean, and Nick Swedberg, “The Ultimate Sacrifice for the City He Loved; Firefighter Killed in Monday Warehouse Blaze Mourned on Southwest Side,” Chicago Tribune, December 19, 2015.

O’Connell, Patrick M., “Owners to Raze Site of Fatal Fire: Firefighter Fell Into Open Elevator Shaft,” Chicago Tribune, January 7, 2016.

USFA Firefighter Fatality Report for Daniel V. Capuano, usfa.fema.gov, January 12, 2016.

Additional Resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/pdfs/face201518.pdf


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