An extra-alarm fire in Englewood resulted in the death of a woman and an infant girl.
Three houses were destroyed in the blaze in the 6700 block of South Emerald Avenue. Firefighters battled the fire for just over an hour before they were able to bring it under control. According to Chicago Fire Department spokesperson Larry Langford, the firefighters found the baby dead on the first floor and a 49-year-old woman dead on the second floor.
Dante Webb, a neighbor, said he saw the fire and kicked in the door to gain entry to one of the houses. Webb said he saved one woman and tried to go back in to save the baby.
"I got on my hands and knees and crawled about halfway in, and I couldn't go no further," he said. "I couldn't see anything. It was just smoke - black smoke."
The baby and the woman were not related. Assistant Deputy Fire Commissioner Jeffrey Springer said yesterday that there is currently no indication the fire was suspicious.
SOURCE: RedEye Chicago