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Two small children were saved from a burning house Saturday night by a fast-acting neighbor.
The fire broke out inside a home located in the 8300 block of South Narragansett Ave., Burbank, shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday.
Kathy Iazzetto and her husband Jim live two houses north of where the fire began.
Kathy Iazetto said, “When I stepped outside my home to see where the smoke was coming from, I heard a woman screaming, ‘My babies, my babies!.' My husband ran into the smoke filled house and went towards the rooms where the light was on and found two small children, one was about 1-year-old and the other about 3-years-old.”
Iazzetto said her husband got the children out, then attempted to reenter the home to check for more people but was driven back by heavy smoke.
Burbank Police Division Chief Mike Dudlo said, “The family was able to exit the residence safely, [there were] no injuries reported.”
Iazzetto said the family, a mother and four young children, took shelter with the next door neighbor while firefighters from Burbank and Bedford Park worked to put out the flames.
Jim Iazzetto was transported to the hospital and checked for smoke inhalation, but according to his wife is doing fine.
Rizwan Jafri told the Burbank Beat the house is owned by his parents.
Jafri said, “They [his parents] were not at home at the time but we had guests staying there. We’re dealing with cleanup and restoration now. There was significant damage inside the home.”
“We would like to thank the Burbank and Bedford Park Fire Departments who were extremely professional and the Burbank Police Department who helped to keep the calmness,” Jafri said.
According to Dudlo, fire department personnel think the fire may have originated near the furnace of the home.
Jafri said, “We also want to thank the neighbor who took everyone in and dealt with the hysteria. For now, we are okay. There was a neighbor who helped get the two kids from one of the rooms, we will find his name and thank him in person as well.”
Kathy Iazzetto said her husband Jim doesn’t feel like a hero, “He just did what he had to do. He is very courageous.” ❒
Photo: Northern Illinois FireGround Photos
A resident is interviewed while a board up crew works to secure the damage
A Chicago Ridge woman was killed after her car collided with a house in the 5400 block of State Road about 2:42 a.m. The Burbank Police Department posted the following statement regarding the incident on their Facebook page:
"Today at approximately 2:42 am, a vehicle traveling N/E on State Rd, was involved in a single car accident. The vehicle, a 2002 Pontiac Aztec, struck the residence at 5404 W. State Road. The 59 year old female driver, was pronounced dead a short time later. The woman, who lived in Chicago Ridge, was on her way to work in Chicago. We do not suspect foul play and don't believe alcohol / drugs were involved. We are not releasing the name of the driver at this time until all notifications are made. The resident of the house involved was home at the time and not injured. No other injuries were involved. Members of the Southwest Major Accident Reconstruction Team responded to assist in the investigation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the deceased."
ABC-7 news identified the woman as 59-year old Marlene Walter of the 6000 block of South Marshall Avenue, Chicago Ridge. Walter was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center where she died about an hour later.