4-year-old girl dies after South Side fire

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CHICAGO — A 4-year-old girl has died after a fire on the city’s South Side, according to police.

Fire crews responded around 4:15 a.m. Wednesday to the 5700 block of S. Washtenaw in the Gage Park neighborhood. The 4-year-old, later identified as J’Marie Hernadez, was found unresponsive in a bedroom on the first-floor.

Hernandez was transported to Holy Cross Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

“We’re all just devastated,” uncle Edgar Garcia said. “My sister burned her hands trying to open the door, it was too hard.”

Fire officials say no working smoke detectors were found in the house. They later went door to door handing them out along with safety information.

A firefighter was injured and is recovering at a hospital. There were nine other people in the home, but no other injuries have been reported.

The 4-year-old’s family said she was attending a sleepover with cousins.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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