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Motel fire victims still hospitalized

Updated: February 16, 2014 6:22AM



Three days after they were pulled from a burning Aurora motel room, two men remain hospitalized, suffering from inhalation burns.

Aurora Fire Department spokesman Lt. Craig Mateski said a 43-year-old victim remains in critical condition at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood. A 67-year-old man was listed in stable condition on Monday evening, and also remains at the the Maywood medical facility.

The two men were airlifted from an Aurora hospital after being rescued from the six-unit motel Friday evening.

Firefighters responded to the motel, 1000 block of East Benton Street, where a guest reported smoke coming from the unit below him. Firefighters found the door to the room locked, and when they entered, they found the room filled with smoke. Two victims were found inside.

One victim was allegedly found in the corner of the room, curled up, and covered in a jacket, firefighters reported.

Mateski said there were no working smoke detectors in the unit where a wall heater apparently caught on fire.

Damages were set at $50,000, he said.



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