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The firefighter lost his entire family in the fire and is now donating organs to save lives

Walter Stewart, a firefighter who lost his entire family in a fireDonate the organs of their relatives.

It was her sons Emory Day-Stewart, 2, and daughter Autumn Day-Stewart, 9, who died Friday, the Cook County Coroner’s Office said.

Earlier, Summer Day-Stewart, 36, was pronounced dead Thursday night, and her son Ezra Stewart, 7, died Wednesday in a fire that occurred on Tuesday, March 7.

A fire that claimed the lives of a firefighter’s family

Stewart, who has been a firefighter for nearly three years, was working Tuesday, March 7, around 9 p.m. 55 truck in Old Norwood Park when they learned of the fire at his Montclair home in the 2500 block of North Rutherford Avenue, firefighters and a spokeswoman for Chicago Fire Union Local 2 said.

Stewart rushed home as best he could and attempted to revive his wife with CPR, but Summer was pronounced dead Thursday night.

Meanwhile, her son Ezra Stewart, 7, died hours earlier on Wednesday, March 8.

Emory and Autumn died Friday from smoke inhalation injuries, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Firefighters said the fire started in the home’s kitchen.

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Around 2:30 p.m., the Chicago Fire Department was called to a fire at the 6248 block of Stewart Avenue at the intersection of Englewood Avenue. Firefighters had to call in reinforcements and additional equipment to put out the fire.


Officials said the fire broke out an hour after the Good Friday celebration.

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Antioch Missionary Baptist Church was founded in 1925, but it moved to the Englewood headquarters in 1958, which burned down this weekend.

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The fire created an uproar among religious communities who lamented the damage to the temple.


Firefighters worked on multiple fronts to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby buildings.

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The roof collapsed and the fire at the top of the place consumed the tree.

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Although the cause of the fire has not been ascertained, the damage to the church is evident.

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Despite the extent of the fire, no injuries were reported.

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Officials hinted that the consequences could be “widespread and significant.”

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In total, more than 180 firefighters, in at least 50 vehicles, were said to be working at the scene.

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