Ten minors are dead after an early Sunday morning fire broke out in a three-story residential building near the Little Village neighborhood on Chicago's West Side — one of the biggest tragedies the city's fire department has seen in years, officials say.
Crosses have already been placed for some of the victims who were killed Sunday morning near the Little Village neighborhood on Chicago's West Side.
It's considered one of the biggest tragedies the city's fire department has seen in years, officials say.
Officials said they received a call that a fire broke out at 2224 S. Sacramento Ave. around 4 a.m.
Fire Commissioner Jose A. Santiago said the call came from a woman who said she came home from work and smelled the fire.
Police say the victims were immediately found in the second floor (the first floor was vacant) of the structure, which was described as a "coach house."
By the time fire crews got inside the building, seven people were already dead, officials say.
Two others, a teen and an adult were severely injured and transported to Stroger Hospital, Santiago said.
“We have not had this in many, many, many years, this amount of fatalities and injuries in one location," expressed Santiago. "This is very unusual.”
A firefighter lieutenant, Santiago said, was also injured in the fire and transported to Rush hospital where he remains in good, stable condition.
The cause of the blaze was not immediately known.
Officials also say it was unknown whether there were smoke detectors in the residence.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the local alderman have both been alerted, Santiago said.