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Chicago apartment fire kills 8, including children, officials say

At least eight people were killed when a fire broke out in a Chicago apartment building.

(Chicago Fire Department)

At least six children and two adults were killed early Sunday after a fire broke out in a Chicago apartment without working smoke detectors, fire officials said.

A teenager and another adult were taken to the hospital in “extremely critical condition.” A Chicago firefighter was taken to the hospital in good condition, the fire department said.

The fire broke out around 4 a.m. on Sunday in the three-story apartment building in Chicago’s little Village neighborhood, the Chicago Tribune reported. Flames engulfed at least two buildings, including a coach house.

Denise Mercado told the newspaper that she and her five children woke up when they smelled smoke. She rushed her family out of the house.

“I brought my brother,” the small boy said.

A Chicago firefighter was injured fighting the blaze, and was taken to the hospital in good condition, officials said.

(Chicago Fire Department)

Mercado said in Spanish, “The flames…it was huge.”

The fire was there just after 5 a.m.

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In the hospital, a woman cried: “I can’t live without my babies.”

A fire broke out in an apartment, early on Sunday in Chicago, killing at least eight people, officials said.

(WFLD)

The age of the children and adults killed were not released, although the Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt said they were from the same hometown.

It is unclear what the cause of the fire is at this time. The researchers did not find working smoke alarms in the house.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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