3 children rescued from Washington Park apartment fire; no adults home: CFD

Three young children were rescued from a Washington Park apartment fire Wednesday night after one of them jumped out to a mattress to safety, Chicago fire officials said.

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JESSICA D'ONOFRIO: Well, Terrell, authorities say the three children were taken here in serious condition. They were desperately trying to escape their home. And we were told that no adult was with them at the time.

Now, the fire reported just before midnight in the 6100 block of South Wabash in the Washington Park neighborhood at a large apartment building. According to fire officials, one of the children, a 10-year-old girl, threw a mattress from a third floor window and managed to jump onto it to safety.

Firefighters saw a four-year-old boy hanging out of one of the windows, ready to jump. They were able to rescue him by ladder. They also found a two-year-old boy inside and got him out.

LARRY LANGFORD: This looks like it was a kitchen fire. No adults in the apartment at the time, but mother was nearby. Children are being treated. Does not look like anything is life threatening. But we were lucky tonight, very lucky.

DALE KENDERICK: And I just feel, like, you know, like-- like, little kids like that shouldn't be left alone by themselves, period. It should always be like an adult 18 or older in an apartment, though, period, like, no matter what.

JESSICA D'ONOFRIO: Eyewitnesses say the smoke was so heavy that they could barely see to get out of the building. Fire officials say, the fire was contained to just one unit. And again, the children are being treated here at Comer Children's Hospital. They are expected to recover. Meanwhile, police say the mother was located, and there are no charges.