2 Dead, 4 Hurt in Gresham Fire, Authorities Say

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Two people have died and four others were hurt in a house fire early Sunday morning in Chicago’s Gresham neighborhood, fire officials say.

Firefighters were called to the home in the 8600 block of South Hermitage early Sunday morning, and upon arrival they discovered six individuals inside of the building.

Two of the victims, including a 10-year-old girl, were taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital, and both were later pronounced dead, officials said.

Family members say the victims were a mother and a daughter. Porsha Ford and her mother Ieashia were in the back of the home when the fire started, and that is where the majority of the damage was concentrated, according to family members.

Four other victims were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, and all four are expected to recover.

According to fire officials, no working smoke detectors were heard in the home when firefighters arrived.

The Office of Fire Investigations is on the scene to investigate the cause of the fire.

The department’s fire safety team will go door-to-door in the neighborhood to pass out smoke detectors and give out safety information after the fatal blaze, according to officials.

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