A 12-year-old girl and a woman were taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital where they were both pronounced dead.
JESSE KIRSCH: Mark, we know two people are dead, four more are injured according to the Chicago Fire Department and some upsetting news that we’ve just learned. One of the two people killed was a 12-year-old girl. The other person killed, a woman, according to the Chicago Fire Department.
Right now, you could see behind me, the street is pretty much quiet. There is crime scene tape up, still police officers on the scene, but pretty much the entire fire department presence that was here earlier, the majority of it is now gone.
Again, six people in total were taken to the hospital from the scene. Initially, we were told that two of those people were in extremely critical condition, and we now know that those two victims have died, a 12-year-old girl and a woman.
Here’s what one person who lives down the block says she saw when she came outside.
MARY CASTLE-ENYARD: Flames. I just saw fire, and all the fire trucks, all the police trucks, and I just immediately put on clothes and rushed out to see if it was anything we could assist with.
JESSE KIRSCH: Back out here at 86th and Hermitage, it is a quiet scene right now. We can see now that the daylight is starting to rise, we can see that this appears to be a majority stone home, so much of this structure still intact, including the roof, that woman describing seeing flames from the roof, and taking a look at it, Stacy and Mark, I can tell you that the roof is mangled and charred, but still mostly intact.
We do not know what caused the fire at this point, but the fire department says that when firefighters arrived, they did not hear smoke detectors. That’s the latest here at 86th and Hermitage. Again, six people taken to the hospital, two of those victims have died, and among those killed, a 12-year-old girl.