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Child, Three Adults Hospitalized After West Side Blaze

By Emily Morris | April 17, 2013 7:12am | Updated on April 17, 2013 2:59pm

CHICAGO — A West Humboldt Park family fire left four people, including a child, with minor injuries and more displaced Wednesday morning, authorities and family of the victims said.

The fire started on the first floor of a two-story home in the 4200 block of West Augusta Boulevard about 6:05 a.m., according to the Chicago Fire Department.

One adult and a child were taken to West Suburban Medical Center, and two other adults were taken to Norwegian American Hospital, according to the Fire Department. All were in good condition, the Fire Department said.

The flames were under control by about 6:20 a.m., Fire Department spokeswoman Meg Ahlheim said. The genders and ages of the victims were not available, Ahlheim said.

Neighbors said that most of the victims lived on the second floor. Jamie Washington, 58, said his niece, who is about 7 years old, was the child taken to a hospital. Washington is the brother-in-law of a woman who lives on the second floor, he said.

Both of Washington's nieces were in the home at the time of the fire, he said. The other is now in his care.

The fire sent residents fleeing and eventually left the scorched house uninhabitable.

"I was sleeping, and my kid woke me up," said Natasha Brookins, who lived on the first floor. "I grabbed my three babies and ran out of the house."

Brookins said her other children, ages 10 and 13, ran out on their own.

"I'm just nervous now. I'm just in shock," Brookins said. She said she doesn't know where her family will live now that their home has been destroyed.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.