5-year-old killed in Englewood fire remembered as sweet, compassionate girl

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CHICAGO — A young girl was killed in a fire in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood.

The flames erupted just after 7 a.m. Friday at a home in the 5800 block of South May Street. The fire was struck out at about 8 a.m.

5-year-old Katlyn Jeffrie was killed.

The girl's mother lived in the apartment.  Fire officials said it's unclear how many people were inside, but believe there were at least three children.

One relative tried to run back inside the home to rescue Katlyn , but police stopped the person because of the heavy flames.

Firefighters found Katlyn on a bunk bed in a bedroom on the first floor. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Milcah Robinson, Katlyn's aunt, said despite being petite, Katlyn had a larger than life personality.

“She was always smiling she had an infectious smile,” she said. “we are in disbelief at some point they want to wake up from a dream this is not a dream it's reality.”

Those who knew Katlyn remember her as loving and compassionate little girl.

“She had an impact on everyone she met,” said Ava Temple, Nicholson School STEM Academy Teacher. “Always hugging telling everyone she loved them. She was a sweet heart. It's sad. I wish it never happened.”

Authorities said the fire spread to one other home.  No one else was injured.

The CFD says there were no working smoke detectors on the first floor, but there was a functioning detector on the second floor.

No word yet on how the fire started.

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