One Dead, 11 Injured in Chicago Fire

A 10-year-old boy died in an extra-alarm fire early Sunday at a Northwest Side apartment building and 11 people were hospitalized, authorities said.

The blaze began about 4 a.m. in the 5700 block of North Kimball and moved throughout the courtyard building, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

The blaze was extinguished by 4:45 a.m., though firefighters remained at the scene Sunday morning, searching the building and chasing hot spots, a Fire Department spokesman said.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Sunday morning, authorities said.

The boy’s body was found inside the building, the Fire Department said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office confirmed the fatality but did not release details.

Eleven people – five of them ages 15 to 17 – were taken to various hospitals, including Swedish Covenant, Weiss Memorial and St. Francis in Evanston. The other six hospitalized are adults.

Two people were in serious-to-critical condition and nine were in fair-to-serious condition, authorities said.

Fire Department spokesman Juan Hernandez said investigators are focusing on the third floor of the building, where the blaze is thought to have originated.

Firefighters at the scene reported they heard fire alarms going off in the building when they arrived, Hernandez said.

The Chicago Police Bomb and Arson Unit responded to the blaze, which is routine for any extra-alarm blaze or when there are injuries, police said.

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