Two children, including an infant, died of smoke inhalation today after an early morning basement fire crept through a South Side house, fire department officials said.
The children, a 3-year-old boy and his 10-month-old brother, were transported to Holy Cross Hospital suffering from cardiac arrest brought on by smoke inhalation, according to fire department spokeswoman Eve Rodriguez. The boys were pronounced dead at around 5:30 a.m., Rodriguez said.
Eight other occupants of the house, including the children's mother, managed to escape the 5 a.m. blaze at 3217 W. 66th Street.
Two adults were injured. One was treated at the scene for minor burns. A second adult was admitted to a local hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. Her condition was not immediately available.