CHICAGO — A teenage girl is among two people dead in a house fire that injured four others in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood, according to police.
Police said first-responders arrived at the house fire in the 8600 block of South Hermitage Avenue just before 4:00 a.m. Sunday.
The two victims, a 15-year-old girl and an adult, were identified by family members as Porsha Ford and Ieashia Ford, respectively. Both were transported to Little Company of Mary Hospital in critical condition and were later pronounced dead.
Four other adults, two men and two women, were taken to Christ Hospital, where their condition is currently unknown.
WGN camera rolled as relatives of the Ford family gathered outside their Gresham home Sunday.
“She was just joyful,” said Felicia White, Ford’s cousin. “She was trying to take care of her family. Now, this tragedy happens.”
Investigators have not determined what started the blaze.
“We’re getting bits and pieces,” White said. “We’re trying to put it together.”
Firefighters did not find working smoke alarms in the home. Hours later, fire crews passed out smoke detectors to neighbors.
A department spokesperson says 22 people were killed in fires last year. The city is already approaching that number three months into the new year, officials added.