Chicago paramedic found dead in burning home

Robert Spoon was believed to have also suffered a gunshot wound

By Deanesse Williams-Harris and Liam Ford
Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — A Chicago paramedic and part-time suburban firefighter was found dead Thursday after a fire in his Mount Greenwood neighborhood home, authorities said.

Police were alerted to a fire at a home in the 11400 block of South St. Louis Avenue, where firefighters had found an unresponsive victim, officials said.

Robert Spoon
Robert Spoon (Photo/Hometown Fire Protection District)

The man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 2:38 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Detectives were conducting a death investigation. The man was believed to have suffered a gunshout wound, but foul play was not immediately suspected.

He was identified as Chicago paramedic Robert Spoon, 28, a 2½-year veteran of the Chicago Fire Department and a 10-year veteran of the Hometown Fire Department, according to the Fire Department and the medical examiner's office. Spoon was a lieutenant with Hometown, according to the agency's Twitter feed.

Fire officials reported the fire was struck out quickly. 

The cause of the fire was not immediately known; the Chicago Bomb and Arson Unit was investigating.

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