Teen Dies In South Austin House Fire

Firefighters told family members it likely was an electrical fire but remains under investigation

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    Tamisha Davidson, 18, was pronounced dead after the fire at Waller Avenue and Iowa Street. Lauren Petty reports. (Published Thursday, Feb 21, 2013)

    A Chicago teen died in an early morning fire in the city's South Austin neighborhood, police said.

    The extra-alarm blaze broke out around 12:15 a.m. at a frame house at Waller Avenue and Iowa Street, where flames had engulfed the second floor and attic by the time firefighters arrived.

    Sights, Sounds: South Austin Fire

    [CHI] Sights, Sounds: South Austin Fire
    An 18-year-old Chicago girl died early Thursday in an extra-alarm blaze that engulfed the second floor and attic of a home at Waller Avenue and Iowa Street, fire officials said. (Published Thursday, Feb 21, 2013)

    Tamisha Davidson, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene, and a man was injured in the blaze. It's unclear how many people were inside the home when the fire began, though witnesses say at least five or six were inside.

    Friends and family said Davidson was spending the night with her boyfriend of four years whose family lives on the second floor. 

    Firefighters rushed in to get everyone out of the building but couldn't reach Davidson. Her family told NBC Chicago they don't know why she didn't make it out.

    "Maybe we'll never know the truth, because she's not here," Davidson's sister, Gabrielle Thomas, said.

    "She's very loving, she's open-hearted," Davidson's best friend Crystal Jaycox said. "She'd smile all day every day. She would brighten up the whole room."

    The man was taken to West Suburban Hospital for smoke inhalation. His condition was unknown as of Thursday morning.

    The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Firefighters told family members it likely was an electrical fire.