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Chicago firefighters handed out free smoke detectors this morning in the neighborhood where a little girl was killed yesterday in an apartment fire.

It happened in a building in the 1700 block of Juneway Terrace in Rogers Park.

Fire officials say there were no smoke detectors in the third-floor apartment where three-year-old LeAndrea White died.

Family members say the little girl was playing with a lighter and set fire to a mattress.

She was alone in the bedroom at the time.

Her mother says she couldn’t find LeAndrea in there as she tried to put out the fire.

But firefighters found her body on the bedroom floor, after they put out the flames.

The fire was contained to the room where it started.

Asst. Deputy Fire Commissioner Mark Nielsen says, based on his 35 years as a firefighter, he believes a smoke detector could have save LeAndrea’s life.

“That technology is an important piece,” Nielsen told WGN.  “And I think people underestimate what it can do.”

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