Little Village building fire injures 10, displaces 20 people in Chicago

An apartment fire in the Little Village neighborhood left 20 people displaced and at least 10 hospitalized early Saturday.
January 11, 2014 3:21:42 PM PST
Twenty people are without a home in the Little Village neighborhood Saturday evening after fire swept through an apartment building early Saturday morning in the 2300 block of South Kedzie.

You can now see the damage done to the two-and-a-half story apartment building. Five families have to find a new place to live.

Flames shot right through the top floor of the building. Firefighters say it started in the back of the main building and did not take long for it be engulfed in flames.

"The location of the fire, heavy fire on porches, there was a coach house that was protected by our hose streams," said Chicago Fire Department District Chief Don Hroma. "The escalation of the alarm meant we had a lot of firefighters here so we contained the fire to the main building."

Residents didn't know what was happening at first, and then rushed to get out.

"We left everything because we didn't have a chance to grab it," said resident Debbie Bunch. "My family members don't even know about the fire because we left our phones, our money. We left everything in the house."

Twenty people are now displaced, many of them, young children.

Christopher Beard finally got a chance to go back inside later Saturday morning once the fire was out and the board-up crew moved in.

"I got a chance to make it back in, and everything is totaled," Beard said.

There were working smoke detectors inside the building, which looks to be a total loss.

After the fire, 10 people said that they were not feeling well. Six adults and four kids were transported to the hospital with minor smoke inhalation, but they are going to be okay.