CHICAGO — An early Sunday fire in Little Village swept through two buildings, killing eight family members including six children, authorities said.
The Fire Dept. arrived at the fire in the 2200 block of South Sacramento at about 4 a.m. Sunday.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said eight people died, but they had not yet been identified.
Two other people were badly hurt in the fire and are hospitalized. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said “we all pray the two living victims will make a recovery despite the odds.”
Memorial crosses were built at the site Sunday with the names: Giovanni, Gialanni, Alanni, Ariel, Xavier, Cesar and Victor, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
All of the victims were taken from the same residence and had been attending a family sleepover, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The fire began in the rear of the building and spread to the front. There were no working smoke detectors, the city said.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued a statement acknowledging the efforts to save the victims.
“Our thoughts go out to not only the families of those who perished but to members of the department who pushed as hard as possible to reverse the deadly fate of the eight who are now gone,” Emanuel said. “We all pray the two living victims will make a recovery despite the odds.”