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updated: 5/10/2014 4:27 PM

Man dies of injuries from Glen Ellyn fire

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  • The top floor of a building where a fire Friday took the life of a Glen Ellyn man is boarded up on Saturday.

      The top floor of a building where a fire Friday took the life of a Glen Ellyn man is boarded up on Saturday.
    Paul Michna | Staff Photographer


A 27-year-old man has died from injuries he suffered in a fire Friday morning in Glen Ellyn.

Abdullah Rantissi died Saturday morning, according to a news release from the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company.

The fire was reported at 5:43 a.m. Friday in a three-story building in the 500 block of Duane Street in downtown Glen Ellyn. Smoke and fire were found in a third-floor apartment. Rantissi was in the apartment.

He was taken to Loyola University Medical Center's burn unit.

Lt. Craig Eldridge of the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company said the fire was contained to the one apartment, but there was some smoke and water damage to other parts of the building.

It took about 25 minutes to put the fire out and there were no additional injuries, Eldridge said.

"It's unfortunate," he said of Rantissi's death, adding, however, that he was glad the fire didn't spread to more units.

Crews from 10 other fire departments responded to the scene. Some of the responders covered prom dresses with tarps in a tailor shop on the first floor of the building, which saved them from extensive smoke damage, Eldridge said.

The building contains apartments on the second and third floors and businesses on the first floor. Several of the businesses where able to reopen later in the day, according to a news release.

The cause of the fire has not been determined. The DuPage County Fire Investigation Task Force is investigating.

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