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2 Children Die and 2 Others Saved in Southwest Fire

Two young sisters died and two of their siblings were personally injured in an early-morning fire in Chicago’s Southwest Side. The children’s mother apparently was not home at the time. The fire has been classified as accidental, which was probably caused by an electrical overload. It started in the basement, where the victims’ bodies were found. The two children who died in the fire were nine and six, while an 11-year-old and 8 year old were personally injured. They were both taken to the hospital with personal injuries. The children were at windows on the first floor, screaming, when the police arrived. Two other police officers kicked in the door and tried to rescue the children in the basement but were turned back by heavy smoke. Neighbors said the family rented and lived in the basement but the woman who owned the house was not home at the time. There was only one working smoke detector in the attic. The cause of the fire is still under investigation and no personal injuries lawsuits have been filed. To read the full story, click here.