Editor's Note: Local news sources have a more detailed report that state the firefighter fell from a ladder while operating on the fireground.

CHICAGO - A 31-year-old Chicago firefighter is dead after falling from a ladder while responding to a fire at a downtown restaurant.



Authorities identified the firefighter as Christopher Wheatley. He was taken to Stroger

Hospital in very critical condition and was pronounced dead early Monday.

Fire officials say Wheatley fell three or four stories while responding to a grease-chute fire at Avec Restaurant.

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Rest in Peace...
rest in peace my heart goes out his family and girlfreind and freinds
Rest in Peace,I will remember you in my prayers.
Thoughts and prayers to the Chicago fire department, friends and family of Mr. Wheatley.
rest brother and recieve the protection of our lord. my prayers are with your family
Descanse en Paz toda la hermandad estamos con sus amigos y familiares.
Rest In Peace Brother, Prayers to for the family and friends.
God Speed Brother......
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of FF Wheatley.....including his Brothers in Blue. He will forever be a true hero.
My Thoughts and Prayers go out to the Family & Friends & The Chicago Fire Dept. R.I.P. Brother.....

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