Four people were killed, three of whom were children, in an extra-alarm fire in a South Chicago apartment complex early Tuesday morning.
Around 1:40 a.m. firefighters were called to a burning three-story building in the 8100 block of South Essex Avenue, authorities said.
A 3-month-old baby was discovered inside the building and died after being rushed to Comer Children’s Hospital, fire officials said.
Crews searched for hours after the blaze was put out for three others, two children and a man, who were unaccounted for before they were found dead in two different locations of the building.
The bodies of two children, whose ages are not yet known, were found in one apartment, fire officials said, and the body of an adult male was in another location.
One woman on the scene told NBC 5 the children were her nieces, ages 7 and 4, who were staying with the 4-year-old’s father at the building when the fire broke out.
Three additional adults were taken to area hospitals, one believed to be the father of the infant killed in the fire. A witness told NBC 5 he had tried to save himself and the child by jumping from a third-story window with the baby in his arms.
A person of interest suspected of starting the fire was taken into custody, police said.
The Red Cross was on the scene to help families displaced in the fire.