From the Chicago Tribune:

One person died and a 5-year-old girl suffered burns to her entire body during a fire in the Lawndale neighborhood that lasted only a few minutes early Saturday, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

An adult female died in the fire, fire officials said, with the other three victims still reported in critical condition. The Cook County medical examiner’s office has not been notified.

The 5-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy, with burns to 35 percent of his body, were taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County from their home in the 4200 block of West 21st Place.

A total of six people were taken to area hospitals, four in serious-to-critical condition. Police said the six were all from the same family. The fire broke out after 4:30 a.m.

The first responding engine didn’t see any fire but found one victim on the front lawn, said Chicago Fire Department District Chief Peter Van Dorpe. But the fire “vented,” meaning a window blew out and fed the fire oxygen, and immediately spread through the first floor.

Van Dorpe said the first battalion chief at the scene called an EMS Plan 1, for an extra five ambulances, and escalated the alarm to bring more firefighters to the scene.

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