Four children were among five people killed in a house fire in Des Plaines Wednesday, authorities said.
The blaze sparked around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at a home in the 700 block of West Oakton, just east of Elmhurst Road, according to the Des Plaines Fire Department.
According to Des Plaines Fire Chief Daniel Anderson, four children under the age of six were among five people pronounced dead at the scene. The victims, who were all from the same family, were largely discovered on the second floor of the duplex home, authorities said.
According to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office, the children who died were ages 6, 5, 3 and 1. A 25-year-old woman was also killed.
They were later identified as:
- Cithaly Zamudio, 25
- Renata P. Espinosa, 6
- Genesis A. Espinosa, 5
- Allizon V. Espinosa, 3
- Grace Espinosa, 1
Anderson said a firefighter was also injured while battling the blaze. The firefighter's condition was not immediately clear.
Des Plaines police said streets were being blocked off in the area as crews worked to put out the flames. Anderson called it a “hectic, rapidly involving situation."
The cause of the fire was not immediately known, but officials said it was under investigation.
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