11-year-old boy seriously injured in Back of the Yards fire

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CHICAGO — An 11-year-old boy was hospitalized after a fire in the Back of the Yards neighborhood that may have been caused by a space heater.

A fire broke out on the 5400 block of South Hermitage Avenue Tuesday around 5 p.m. No official determination on what caused the fire, but officials are looking at a space heater as being the possible cause.

Police said the boy had burns to his chest, both of legs and left hand.

Three children were home at the time, residents said. They were being watched by a relative.

One neighbor said that the 11-year-old was in the attic when he came downstairs “with fire on him.”

He was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital for serious burns.

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