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Babysitter Critically Burned In Fire Started By Child

By Anthonia Akitunde in News on Nov 8, 2009 5:15PM

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A 25-year-old babysitter received second-degree burns in a fire started by one of her charges in the South Side neighborhood of Roseland, Chicago Breaking News reports.

Her charge, a young boy, played with a lighter in the second floor bedroom as the woman slept, the report said. As the flames spread through the bedroom, the boy ran without telling his babysitter. He did however tell his first floor neighbors who called 911.

Fire fighters were able to "quickly extinguish the fire" though it had spread to the two-story building's attic. The home did have fire detectors but none of them had batteries.

The babysitter received burns on 35 percent of her body. According to the report, she was looking after "several children" but no other injuries were reported.

[Chicago Breaking News]