8 people, 6 of them kids, killed in Chicago apartment fire

Chicago apartment fire kills 8, including children, officials say

On Monday, a grandparent of two students informed officials at the West Lawn school that they were related to the children who died in the fire.

According to family members, the victims include: three-month-old Maya Almaraz, Ariel Garcia, age five, Lonni Ayala, age three, Gialonni Ayala, age five, Xavier Contreras, age 11, Nathan Contreras, age 13, Giovanni Ayala, age 10, and Victor Mendoza, age 16.

The cause of the blaze hasn't been determined.

Langford said the fire is Chicago's deadliest blaze since at least 2000 and may be its deadliest since 1993, when 19 people were killed by a fire that swept through the Paxton Hotel, a single room occupancy residential hotel.

A dog was also killed in the fire, while a firefighter was hospitalized in good condition. She said she told everyone in her home to get out.

The children included four siblings from one family, three siblings from another family and an unrelated teen who was a close friend, according to Krystle Sauseda, 31, who said she was an aunt of numerous victims.

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Santiago revealed the fire could have taken even more lives if it wasn't for one quick-thinking woman who lived nearby. One woman lay on a street crying while someone tried to comfort her.

The Chicago Fire Department was dispatched to the fire around 4 a.m. She smelled it. I think she saw it, ' he said.

The house where eight people died in a fire in the Little Village suburb of Chicago.

The fire also caused another structure two buildings down to catch on fire.

Red Cross workers were at the scene of the tragedy to provide support and hand out food and drinks to the grieving community.

A neighbour returning from work has been hailed a hero, but there were no working smoke alarms in the home. Santiago said no smoke detectors were found at the scene.

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