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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My prayers to family and friends. Rest brother and recieve the protection of our lord.
My thoughts and prayers to his family and to those who he was stationed with and was friends with.
Rest In Peace. May you join the rank and file above, that serve as our guardian angels and watch over us
Rest well brother, our thoughts and prayers are offererd to you ,your family and theChicago Fire Department , all of whom lost an irreplacible member.
Rest in Peace Brother.And THANK YOU for all you have done.
Prayers for the family & Brothers of CFD. The Lord be with you all.
Rest in Peace our fellow brother FireFighter. You will forever be missed by your personal family, as well as ours.
From your brothers across the river in ST. Louis Rest In Peace. Only the good die young.
Tragedy can strike at any moment. My thoughts and prayers to the family, department and community. Rest in peace brother.
Rest in peace Brather, I will remember you and your familia in my prayers.....4th Co.CVB.Valpo Chile

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