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Chicago Suburban Fire Kills Three Children

Three children, ages 8, 3 and 1, were killed in an overnight blaze at a housing complex in southwest suburban Summit, a suburb of Chicago, IL. Authorities state the fire may have occurred after the children’s mother fell asleep while a candle was burning, causing the house to catch afire. The mother had personal injuries and was transported to the hospital, where she is listed in good condition. One of her children woke her up saying that there was smoke everywhere and the fire detectors were going off. Firefighters arrived in less than six minutes, but the children could not be saved. The mother escaped by jumping naked from a second-story window and may have suffered burns to her arm trying to save her children. Residents were angry with the Housing Authority of Cook County, which manages the complex. They said an electrical fire forced a woman living two units east of the home and wondered whether it was a similar electrical problem. Neighbors stated that there was little maintenance in the complex and residents hear “popping” noise every time she flips a light on. All electrical panels in the housing development are being inspected. This tragedy is reminiscent of the 2006 tragedy when six children died in a Chicago apartment fire. Levin & Perconti filed a lawsuit on behalf of those families and they were awarded five million dollars. To read the full story, click here.