3-year-old dead, 3 people hospitalized after West Side fire

Firefighters work at the scene of a fatal fire in the 100 block of North Laramie Avenue in Chicago. (Alex Garcia, Chicago Tribune / February 14, 2014)

Firefighters work at the scene of a fatal fire in the 100 block of North Laramie Avenue in Chicago. (Alex Garcia, Chicago Tribune / February 14, 2014)

 

By Adam SegeTribune reporter6:00 a.m. CST, February 15, 2014

One 3-year-old was killed and another critically injured when an extra-alarm fire swept two homes in the South Austin neighborhood Friday night, authorities said.

Two adults were also hospitalized, one of them in critical condition, after the fire that broke out just before 8 p.m. in the 100 block of North Laramie Avenue.

Firefighters arrived within three minutes of the first 911 call and found heavy fire on the porches of two occupied homes, Chicago Fire Department District Chief Don Hroma said. Fire officials called for an EMS Plan 1, which sent seven ambulances to the scene, and later elevated the fire to a 2-11 alarm.

Two three-year-olds were taken from the scene to local hospitals in critical condition, officials said. One of them, Jaantwiaon Edwards, was declared dead at Loretto Hospital at 9:34 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Edwards lived in one of the two-story brick buildings that caught fire.

The two adults hospitalized were a 56-year-old woman, taken to West Suburban Medical Center in critical condition, and a 40-year-old police officer taken to a local hospital after suffering from smoke inhalation, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said. The police officer was listed in fair-to-serious condition.

The Chicago Red Cross was helping 20 people displaced by the fire, according to the organization’s official Twitter account.

As television reporters recorded live shots on Laramie late Friday, police officers stood watch near the front steps of the burned buildings.  Each of the glass windows facing the street from the two-story buildings had been knocked out, leaving gaping holes.

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