Chicago fire: at least eight dead including six children, officials say

Chicago Fire 1

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Officials said eight people including six children were killed in a fire in a Chicago neighborhood, early on Sunday morning. The Rev. Clifford Spears of Saint Michael Missionary Baptist Church led a crowd that gathered in prayer, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The cause of the fire, which occurred on the 2200 block of Sacramento Avenue in the city's Marshall Square neighborhood, is not yet known.

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

The ages of children and adults were not released. One teen and one adult were taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition.

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Santiago said the woman "saved a lot of lives" amid the horrific tragedy. At least two buildings caught fire, one of them a coach house. Police officers helped push a stretcher toward an ambulance, while a paramedic simultaneously performed CPR.

A firefighter was transported to Rush Hospital in good condition. One woman lay in the street crying. Officials said no smoke detectors had been found inside the home.

Firefighters respond to a fire at a home in Chicago on August 26, 2018.

"She had just gotten home from work", the fire chief said.

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