Questions Linger Following Little Village Fire That Killed 10 Kids

Steve Miller
August 29, 2018 - 6:06 pm

WBBM Newsradio/Steve Miller

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The cause of that Little Village fire that killed 10 children is classified as "undetermined,” but the Chicago Fire Department is releasing more information about what was found at the scene.

A department spokesman now says a non-working smoke detector was in the second-floor apartment. It did not have a working battery.

"Had a working smoke detector been operating in the building on the second floor, it would have awakened someone and they would have been able to get out and lead others to safety,” Larry Langford said Wednesday.

He added: "And what we're saying is that the death count would have been lower or non-existent."

For now, the cause of the fire, which spread early Sunday, is not determined.

Meantime, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says it’s too early to start assigning blame for the tragedy.

The building on South Sacramento had a history of building code violations. Emanuel has directed officials to determine what may have happened.