CHICAGO — A child was killed in a fire that broke out at a Roseland apartment building, according to fire officials.
Firefighters responded to a fire at a building on the 11000 block of South King Drive Wednesday morning. The fire, which was on the second floor, was put out just before 9 a.m., officials said. The cause of the fire is currently unknown.
Larry Langford, a spokesman for the Chicago Fire Department, says firefighters who responded to calls about a heavy fire and someone possibly trapped in an apartment found the girl under debris in the second-floor unit of the apartment building.
He says firefighters tried to resuscitate the child, who was 2-years-old, later identified as Kailey Curry, but she was pronounced dead at a hospital. Langford said two adults escaped from the burning apartment.
A resident of the building, Jada Cherry, said she woke up to the smell of smoke. She rushed out to help others. When she got down the stairs, she called 911 and rang doorbells to get people out.
“I woke up out of my sleep and it was a lot of smoke,” Cherry said. “…by the time I made it, two of the family members were coming out,” she said. “They said there was a baby in there.”
In a statement, WPD Management, who heads operations at the Roseland apartment building, released a statement: “At this time, we would like to offer our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family of the victim in this fire. We would like to thank the Chicago Fire Department for their quick response and efforts in extinguishing this fire.”
Fire investigators said smoke detectors throughout common areas of the building worked, but there were no functional smoke detectors inside individual apartments.
The investigation is ongoing.