Chicago Fire: An arson investigation is ongoing after police say an incendiary device was thrown at the Englewood home, injuring children

An arson investigation is underway

Monday, April 24, 2023 20.18

CHICAGO (WLS) — Two children were injured, one critically, after Chicago police said someone lit an object and threw it at a house in Englewood Sunday night, starting a fire.

The fire started at around 11:30 p.m. in a house in the 6100 South Carpenter Street block.

Investigators said an incendiary device was ignited and thrown behind the house, starting the fire.

Police said there were five children inside when the fire started. The age of the children ranged from 4 to 10 years.

They said four of the children were able to go out with the man. Police said the man told first responders that the 4-year-old boy was still inside.

Luckily, firefighters were able to find him and get him out.

The 4-year-old boy was taken to Comer Children's Hospital in critical condition due to smoke inhalation, police said. A 9 year old boy was brought to hospital in good condition with smoke inhalation.

Meanwhile, criminal footage is posted around the Englewood home and the scene is being protected by police.

A fire department spokesman said the Chicago Police Department's Bomb and Arson Unit would investigate.

The mother of two who is at the orphanage said they are doing well, while her 4-year-old nephew is still in critical condition.

“I feel hurt. I feel like nobody is there to protect me…” said the mother, who did not want to be named.

He says he was not at home at the time, when someone set his house on fire.

The families involved are asking whoever did it to turn themselves in to the police.

“You really hurt my nephew, my family. All I'm asking of you is to turn yourself in and face the consequences. You think you're old enough to burn our house down with our children in there, so you're old enough to turn yourself in,” said the mother.

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