8 kids killed after fire breaks out during sleepover in Little Village

6 children 2 adults killed in Little Village fire police say

The ages of the rest of the children and adults have not been released.

Two other children were also taken to the hospital.

Fire department spokesman Larry Langford said children had been known to have set off fireworks from the porch of the Southwest Side apartment that caught fire before dawn on Sunday, killing six children and two adults and leaving a boy and a man in "very" critical condition.

Scott Olson via Getty Images Amber Ayala looks through pictures of her brothers and sisters who were killed in an early-morning fire in the Little Village neighborhood on August 26, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.

The fire started on the second floor of the building.

Officials said firefighters were called around 4am to a house fire in the Little Village neighborhood, which is largely Hispanic.

Video showed smoke coming from windows of a three-story building's stone facade, with flames engulfing the back. A woman returning home from work noticed the blaze in the building and alerted people so they could escape, Santiago said.

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Police officers helped push a stretcher toward an ambulance, while a paramedic simultaneously performed CPR.

Grandmother Ramonita Reyes said she didn't know what to say in the wake of such a loss. One woman lay in the street crying.

Officials have not determined a cause of the fire. The fire was put out just after 5 a.m., fire department officials said.

A fire lieutenant was also taken to the hospital for overexertion, but he was stable, officials added.

"Our babies are gone there's nothing we can do", Contreras said.

The blaze was described as one of the worst tragedies the Chicago Fire Department has seen in years.

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