Toddler Dies in Humboldt Park Fire - NBC Chicago

Toddler Dies in Humboldt Park Fire

Girl found inside bedroom of two-story building

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    Toddler Dies in Humboldt Park Fire

    Miracle Hooks dies despite efforts of neighbors to save her. (Published Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012)

    An infant girl died Wednesday in a fire at a Humboldt Park apartment building.

    It happened shortly after 5 p.m. at 3114 W. Franklin.

    The 2 1/2-year-old girl was found in a back bedroom on the first floor of the the two-story building. Family members told NBC 5 that the victim's name was Miracle Hooks.

    "I would have liked to save that baby," said Luther Hooks who tried to battle the smoke and flames. "I got a little past the bathroom and that's when the blaze came up. The young lady ran in their first to try to get her baby, and then I heard the crackling of the wood."

    Amelia Carson was able to save her 11-year-old son's life, who was resting after his first day back at school since the strike.

    "He was in the back sleep ... it took me a little minute to get him up and wake him up, so it took me a little minute to get him out of there," Carson said.

    Firefighters responded within 2 minutes but were immediately met with intense heat and flames that melted the smoke detectors on the ceiling in the front room.

    The fire left five families, a total of 33 people.

    Investigators hadn't determined a cause of the fire but did say it didn't appear to be suspicious.