Daniel V Capuano

Firefighter/Paramedic Capuano died from injuries sustained in a fall down an open elevator shaft while operating with fire crews in heavy smoke conditions inside of a burning warehouse building. The building was undergoing renovation and several unauthorized changes, including removal of the elevator, had been made without permits.

Capuano was quickly removed from the building and into a waiting ambulance then taken to Christ Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 0425hrs. The cause of the fire was accidental, a worker’s welder ignited nearby combustibles.

92nd Street and Baltimore Avenue (U.S. National Grid: 16T DM 5439 1969)

Department Information

Chicago Fire Department
3510 South Michigan Avenue, Floor 2
U.S. National Grid: 16T DM 4822 3118
Chicago, Illinois 60653

Chief: Fire Commissioner José A. Santiago

Daniel V Capuano was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
Age: 43 
Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic 
Classification: Career 
Incident date: Dec 14, 2015 02:43
Date of death: Dec 14, 2015 
Cause of death: Fall 
Nature of death: Trauma 
Activity type: Search and Rescue 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire 
Fixed property use: Storage