Smoke Detectors Not Working in Fatal Fire: Report

Detectors found on the first and second floors

Friday, Sep 21, 2012  |  Updated 8:35 AM CDT
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Smoke Detectors Not Working in Fatal Fire: Report

Miracle Hooks was killed in the fire.

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Smoke detectors weren't working in a Humboldt Park apartment building where a toddler died Wednesday in a fire, an investigation showed.

Fire Department investigators found detectors on the first and second floors, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, but they didn't work.

Wednesday's fire broke out around 5 p.m. at 3114 W. Franklin. Firefighters responded within two minutes but were immediately met with intense heat and flames that melted the detectors on the ceiling in the front room.

A 2 1/2-year-old girl, identified as Miracle Hooks, was found in a back bedroom on the first floor of the two-story building. The fire displaced five families, a total of 33 people.

Investigators continue to investigate and said the cause of the fire hasn't been determined. They could not confirm an earlier report that a space heater sparked the blaze.

They said the fire didn't appear to be suspicious.

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