No Working Smoke Detectors at Scene of Fatal Chicago Fire, Officials Say

Chicago (IL) fire officials are learning more about a fire that killed a woman and baby earlier this week.

There were no working smoke detectors at the scene of the Englewood fire, a fire official told the Chicago Tribune (

The fire began in the basement and was burning for “some time” before it spread to the kitchen floor of the building, Chicago Fire Department Spokesman Larry Langford said.

The cause of the fire is pending an engineering analysis of electrical systems.

The fire killed a 49-year-old woman and an 11-month-old girl. The fire also spread to two neighboring homes before firefighters brought it under control.

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