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One man dies, another injured in Joliet home fire

JOLIET – The Will County Coroner’s Office identified a man who died in a blaze Wednesday that destroyed a two-story home on South Chicago Street.

Otis Bloodsaw, 78, of the 300 block of South Chicago Street, was pronounced dead at his home about 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

An autopsy was performed Thursday.

The office said further testing is needed to establish the cause of Bloodsaw’s death.

The Joliet Fire Department received a call about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday regarding a house fire in the 300 block of South Chicago Street.

Upon arrival, police officers already were with one of the two men who lived at the home, said Joliet Fire Capt. Mark Vershay.

He said the man suffered burns to his face, and he was sent to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center for treatment.

Bloodsaw was found dead on the first floor after inhaling smoke,
Vershay said.

Firefighters were able to get the fire under control within 45 minutes of arrival.

Because there was so much fire, Vershay said firefighters only could stay on the outside of the home and pour water on it.

Vershay said the cause of the fire is being investigated.

The home is being torn down because it is completely destroyed, he said.

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