- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago inspectors received a complaint about a lack of heat at a home nearly two months before two young children were killed in a fire where authorities say residents were using the stove as a heater.

The Chicago Tribune reports (https://trib.in/2m7rbvO ) the complaint was filed Jan. 5, but city officials say no one was home the next day. A Department of Buildings spokeswoman says information was left behind telling the owner to contact the city.

Fire department officials say a kitchen stove in the basement was the cause and origin of Saturday’s fire.

Two girls, ages 7 months and 2 years, were killed as they slept. A 6-year-old boy was hospitalized with major burns.

Fire officials say it appeared the building didn’t have a radiator or other source of heat.


Information from: Chicago Tribune, https://www.chicagotribune.com

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