Chicago fire: 4-year-old boy killed, 3 children critically hurt in West Humboldt Park basement blaze

ByDiane Pathieu and Maher Kawash, ABC7 Chicago Digital Team via WLS logo
Sunday, June 26, 2022
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A 4-year-old boy was killed and three children were critically hurt in a West Humboldt Park basement fire, the Chicago Police Department said.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A 4-year-old boy was killed and three other children were critically hurt in a basement fire on the Northwest Side, the Chicago Police Department said.

The deadly blaze was in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood's 4000 block of West Potomac Avenue, police said.

The 4-year-old boy was taken to AMITA Health Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. A second boy, 5, was taken to Lurie Children's Hospital in critical condition. A third boy, 7, was taken to the Loyola University Medical Center in critical condition. The fourth boy, 11, was also taken to Loyola in critical condition. The children all suffered from smoke inhalation, according to police.

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Two adults were also injured in the blaze, police said. A 40-year-old woman was taken to West Suburban Hospital in good condition with minor smoke inhalation, officials said. A man, 35, was taken to St. Mary's with minor smoke inhalation and was in good condition, police said.

Officials were investigating the cause of the fire.

The Chicago Fire Department said companies who responded will distribute smoke detectors and fire safety literature and speak with neighbors about fire safety at 10:00 a.m. CFD encouraged residents to check their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Police did not provide further information about the incident.