A fire on Chicago's west side killed eight children early Sunday and injured two others, one child and one adult. That's according to police who told local TV news that the children ranged from 3 months to 16 years old. Family members said, some of the children were at the apartment for a sleepover.
Marcos Contreras lost siblings and relatives in the fire. By the time we got here, the whole house was on fire. They were taking out my cousins, my brothers. Just knowing that the fact that I'm never gonna see them again, my brothers, them waking up in the morning, coming to my room, messing with me for no reason.
I haven't even got words to explain the pain I'm feeling right now.>> All of the victims were on the second floor of a two-story brick building with an attic. The first floor was boarded up while the attic was a storage area. Fire officials said investigators are looking into the fire's origin and cause.
Initial observation showed the fire began on the second floor. The buiding itself was totaled and the fire's heat was so intense that siding on buildings up to 200 feet away melted. Officials also said no smoke detectors were heard, and none had been found. But that if working detectors had been there, the death count would have been lower, or no one may have died at all.