9th Child Dies Following Little Village Fire

The death toll from a Sunday morning fire in the city's Little Village neighborhood rose to nine Monday night after a teen hospitalized in critical condition died.

The Cook County Medical Examiner identified the ninth victim as 14-year-old Cesar Contreras. Another 14-year-old remained in critical condition at Stroger Hospital. Family members said that teen is on life support.

Authorities have identified the other eight victims as 5-year-old Ariel Garcia, 11-year-old Xavier Contreras, 13-year-old Nathan Contreras, 16-year-old Victor Mendoza, 3-month-old Amayah Almaraz, 3-year-old Alanni Ayala, 10-year-old Giovanni Ayala and 5-year-old Gialanni Ayala.

The blaze broke out in a coach house in the 2200-block of South Sacramento Avenue. A neighbor came home around 4 a.m., saw the smoke and called 911.

Relatives said the victims are from at least two families.

More details are still developing.


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