Chicago Home Where 10 Kids Died in Fire Hit With Violations - NBC Chicago

Chicago Home Where 10 Kids Died in Fire Hit With Violations

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    Code Violations Reported at Site of Fatal Fire

    The building involved in a deadly fire was cited for dozens of violations. NBC 5's Michelle Relerford reports.

    (Published Friday, Aug. 31, 2018)

    Chicago inspectors slapped dozens of violations on the owner of a home where 10 children died in a fire.

    The violations disclosed Friday ranged from missing or defective smoke detectors, defective light fixtures and wiring and plumbing installed without a permit.

    Raul Serrato is an attorney representing homeowner Merced Gutierrez. He questioned the timing of the enforcement. He tells the Chicago Sun-Times "the place is already burnt" and "it's totally unfair."

    Ten children, ages 3 months to 16 years, were attending a sleepover when a fire broke out early Sunday. The cause is being investigated, though no foul play is suspected.

    Eight Killed in Fire Were Having Sleepover: Family

    [CHI] Eight Killed in Fire Were Having Sleepover: Family

    Six young children and two teenagers who were killed in one of the worst fire tragedies Chicago has seen in a decade were gathered together for a sleepover at a West Side home when the flames sparked, family members said. Susan Carlson reports.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 27, 2018)

    Separately, the inspector general at Illinois' child welfare agency is investigating whether caseworkers "missed opportunities" to ensure better supervision. Officials say the agency had investigated the mother who lived in the home 21 times since 2004 for inadequate supervision.

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