A woman and a 5-year-old girl died this morning in a fire in the South Shore neighborhood.
Fire officials were called around 8:30 a.m. to a three-story building in the
2000 block of East 79th Street.
Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said the woman was 42 and the girl
was 5. Preliminary information indicates the child might have been playing with
a lighter in a closet on the third floor,
Fire officials pulled the woman from the apartment and then found the child,.
The woman was taken in critical condition to Jackson Park Hospital, where she
was pronounced dead, the girl was pronounced
dead at Comer Children's Hospital.