4 minors among 6 critically injured in West Humboldt Park basement blaze: fire officials

Four minors were among six people critically injured in a basement fire in West Humboldt Park on the Northwest Side, according to Chicago fire officials.

The fire began in the basement of a house in the 4000 block of West Potomac Avenue about 12:20 a.m., fire officials said.

Officials said four “pediatrics” and two adults were taken to Saints Mary and Elisabeth Medical Center and West Suburban Hospital in critical condition.

Chicago police officers also responded to the blaze, but didn’t immediately provide details.

A neighbor who lived across the street told the Sun-Times she saw the victims earlier today. She broke down in tears as she overheard a fire official mention that it “wasn’t looking too good” for at least one of them.

No further information was immediately available.

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