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Calumet City, IL – Wilhelmina Williamson Dies, Others Hurt in River Oaks Condo Fire on Park Ave

Calumet City, IL - Wilhelmina Williamson Dies, Others Hurt in River Oaks Condo Fire on Park Ave

Calumet City, IL (May 31, 2022) – An 85-year-old woman died and several other victims sustained injuries or required rescue after a major blaze ripped broke out at a condo building in Calumet City on Monday evening, May 30.

Around 7:00 p.m., the three-alarm fire started on the second floor of the 312-unit condo complex, known as Park of River Oaks Condos, and located at 200 Park Avenue. Dozens of fire rescue units rushed to the scene, and firefighters rescued numerous residents using ladder trucks.

One female resident, since identified as 85-year-old Wilhelmina Williamson, suffered injuries on the seventh floor of the condo and died as a result of her injuries. Six others were transferred to area medical centers with minor injuries, including three condo residents and three firefighters.

Officials added that a total of 80 residents were displaced. The cause of the fire remains under active investigation, and no other details were made immediately available.

We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of Wilhelmina Williamson. Our thoughts and best wishes for a full recovery go out to the injured victims, as well as everyone else affected by this unfortunate fire.

Condo Fire Fatalities in Illinois

Though they are still infrequent, apartment fires account for more than 10% of civilian fire fatalities and almost 20% of civilian fire injuries. Furthermore, in the previous five years, around 26% of all recorded fires happened in homes, condominiums, flats, and other similar structures. These fires were responsible for three-quarters of civilian deaths and 73 percent of all recorded injuries over the same time period.

Furthermore, fire departments throughout the US responded to an estimated 347,000 residential fires every year, resulting in an annual average of 2,650 fatalities, 11,100 injuries, and $7.4 billion in property damage.

People who have been affected by a fire may feel as if they have nowhere to turn as they battle with persistent emotional suffering or exorbitant financial obligations in the aftermath of the disaster. People who have been injured or families who have lost a loved one sometimes face an uphill battle with insurance companies, bringing them indescribable anguish.

You may, however, have a number of legal options available to you at this difficult time. If you or a loved one has been injured in a fire caused by someone else’s negligence, contact a personal injury attorney in Chicago as soon as possible.

Individuals who have been hurt as a result of another person’s negligence may submit a claim for compensation under Illinois law. A claim for unlawful death may be based on any negligent or wrongful conduct that resulted in a fatality, according to the Illinois Wrongful Death Conduct Act. Family members and dependents of any type are entitled to financial compensation if legal action is successful.

It is vital for people who have been wounded or who have lost a loved one in the aftermath of an avoidable fire to seek legal guidance as soon as they are able.

When you or a loved one has been injured in a fire that might have been avoided, the D&W Law Group will put forth every effort to get the full and fair financial recompense you deserve.

We believe that grieving families should never be forced to go through this journey alone. When you contact our highly qualified and experienced legal team, we will make certain that your claim is properly investigated and presented in a timely manner.

Please contact the D&W Law Group at 312-888-8888 for a no-obligation, no-cost customized consultation targeted to your specific circumstances. Our caring and devoted Chicago-area wrongful death lawyers are here to assist you and evaluate your legal options right now.

Note: Our team of writers uses secondary sources including news reports, police accident reports, social media posts, and sometimes, eyewitness accounts to compose these posts. Our firm has not independently verified any of the facts surrounding this particular accident, therefore, if you locate any information that is not correct, please let us know right away. We will correct the post to reflect the most accurate information available. We will remove a post upon request. 

Disclaimer: This is not a solicitation for business.  The information provided in this post is not intended to be legal advice or medical advice. If you or a loved one is injured in an accident, always seek medical assistance as soon as possible. The photo used in this post was not taken at the described accident scene.

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